Kessler looking forward to Washington trip

Bakersfield (Ca.) Centennial QB Cody Kessler is one of the top signal-callers on the west coast and he's already got eight offers to prove his worth. However, one school the talented passer hopes extends an offer hasn't done so just yet, but this week he hopes to find out where he stands when he visits the University of Washington...

"I'm going up to Seattle on Wednesday," Kessler told Dawgman.com. "I'll get up there that night and then I'll be there all Thursday so I can watch them practice and I'll get to meet with the coaches and see the school.

"I'm bummed because I have to leave Friday before their spring game which I heard was going to be pretty cool. I guess they're having it at night, which would be really cool to see, but I have prom the next day so I have to get back."

Kessler already has offers from eight programs -- Alabama, Arizona State, Boise State, Fresno State, New Mexico State, Pittsburgh, San Diego State and Washington State -- but said Washington has been high on his list from the start and that is why he's coming to see the school in person.

"Coach (Jeff) Mills and my (high school) coach have a history together going back to college," Kessler said. "He and I have been talking for a while and he keeps telling me 'you're my guy' and that he likes me a lot.

"I've also spoken a lot with coach (Doug) Nussmeier and he said he likes the way I manage a game and my leadership qualities. He said he likes my athleticism and that I like to compete because that's what he's looking for in his quarterback.

"Washington is very high on my list and that's why I'm visiting up there because I would really like to get an offer from them. They are a program on the rise and they have a lot of talented players up there. I would love to have them as an option and if they offered they would definitely be right at the top of my list."

As a junior last fall, Kessler finished with 2,195 yards passing with 14 touchdowns and six interceptions. He also had 12 touchdowns rushing while leading his team to a 9-5 record and a deep run in the CIF playoffs.

"We were up and down most of the year, but we played well at the end," Kessler said. "I think we have a chance to do something special this fall, so we're working hard and I want to go out on top my senior year."

Kessler is a two-sport star for the Golden Hawks, averaging nearly 30 points per game on the basketball court as well, but he said football is where his heart lies.

"I just love playing football and playing quarterback," Kessler said. "I love to compete and football is just where I really feel like my future lies."

We'll have more from Kessler after he visits Montlake later this week.

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