Mason Quandt of Ventura (Calif.) St. Bonaventure hasn’t officially started in a varsity football game yet, but the incoming starter is already getting recognized by college football coaches; similar to what happened with the last two Seraph signal callers.
Class of 2015 St. Bonaventure graduate Ricky Town went down this road -- becoming a national recruit who went from unknown to Arkansas signee. His replacement, three-sport star Darius Vines, was courted by Eastern Washington and other Football Championship Subdivision programs.
Now, the 6-foot-3, 194-pound Quandt has been the recipient of camp invites. Washington and Stanford have invited the 2018 prospect to come visit their campuses this summer. A future appearance at the Elite 11 Seattle Regional in May is also in the works.
“That makes me feel amazing,” Quandt said regarding his early collegiate interest. “It's been my dream since I was a little kid to play NCAA Division-I football and getting that little taste of it by getting letters is the most amazing feeling.”
Quandt, who holds a 4.0 grade point average and played varsity basketball for the Seraphs this past season, already has some key quarterback traits that college coaches usually covet. His size is intriguing, but it’s his arm strength, accuracy and ability to read coverages as a sophomore that has gotten the attention of college coaches and the Elite 11 officials.
His recruiting start hasn’t been done alone. The Seraph coaching staff has helped push his name out to college coaches, plus, he’s has had one-on-one time with the former Seraph, Town.
“Those conversations went along the lines of him giving me tips from being a leader and running the offense to always putting in the work that needs to be done,” Quandt said. “I can relate to him a lot and really look up to him a lot. The best advice he has given to me is to just be a leader, get the team to follow you and never be satisfied, keep working.”
Quandt adds that Vines has given him similar motivation.
“He would always give me little tips during last season and it was really great to see his methods of leadership,” Quandt said.
As Quandt now gets ready to blaze his own path down in Ventura County, he’s aware that taking the quarterback reigns on Telegraph Road isn’t going to be an easy task, considering the past championships and former players who came before him.
“There's always pressure to do well and perform at a program like Bonnie, but I don't let it get to my head,” Quandt said. “I just get in the zone while I'm on the field and do my thing. Playing with pressure is never a good thing for anyone. You have to be relaxed.”
He’s already inspired by the journey of the last two national quarterback recruits who wore the Seraph green and gold.
“That's super motivating for me, and hopefully it goes the same way for me,” Quandt said. “They both had great work ethics as do I and I would love to be national recruits like them.”
He’s also aiming to join this list in his region: the top quarterbacks in the 2018 class. Nearby is Cameron Rising of Newbury Park - who holds a reported 14 FBS scholarship offers – and Matt Corral of Westlake Village-Oaks Christian – a verbal commit to USC.
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“Mason Quandt fits right in with them,” Quandt said. “I'm going to show the world that this year.”