2011 Central Cali QB Lands First Offer

Bakersfield (Calif.) Centennial quarterback Cody Kessler is one of the top prospects in the West for the 2011 class. He performed well at various camps this spring and summer, including USC's, Cal's, Fresno State's, Elite 11, and Passing Down. On Wednesday, a WAC school became the first to pull the trigger and offer the standout junior signal caller…

Cody Kessler (6-2, 205) possesses all the tools. At various camps and passing tournaments throughout the spring and summer, he impressed coaches up-and-down the Golden State

And his hard work paid off resulting in his first offer on Wednesday.

"New Mexico State offered," said Kessler.

"I was watching film with my coach at lunch and he said, ‘hey, Coach [R. Todd] Littlejohn, the recruiting guy called, they offered you today.' I was like who.

Kessler said he was surprised by the offer because it was the first contact he's had with the Aggies.

"I called Coach Littlejohn today and he goes the offensive coordinator was watching your film and called me and said I want him, offer him.

"I'm excited, it's my first one. I went to watch them last year when they played at Fresno State. They threw a lot."

Kessler is receiving mail from schools all across the country. Alabama, Boise State, California, Colorado, LSU, Notre Dame, UCLA, and Washington have all sent him stuff since September 1.

"UCLA is sending me a lot of mail. I went to the UCLA game last Saturday to see them play San Diego State," said Kessler.

"They had a lot of recruits at the game. It was cool. I got to go down on the field during pre-game. I got to talk to some of the players.

"Alabama sent me some stuff today. They invited me to their game against Virginia Tech last week, and again for their game this week. Colorado has been sending me something everyday. They send me like three things a day.

"Notre Dame, LSU, and Cal sent me stuff today. I've been emailing Cal a lot. "

"[Notre Dame] sent me something today saying I was one of their top recruits and that they want to get to know me a lot better."

Kessler says UCLA, Boise State, Cal, and Colorado are recruiting him the hardest. With NMSU pulling the trigger, he is hoping others will follow suit.

"I get a lot of emails to call coaches, but I really haven't called any coaches. I'm hoping UCLA, Colorado, Cal, and Boise State [offer]. Those are the top four that have been sending me a lot of stuff and emailing me."

The one school that hasn't contacted him is Fresno State. "I haven't talked to Coach [Pat] Hill or [Coach Jeff] Grady," said Kessler.

Kessler mailbox doesn't just contain letters concerning football. The basketball standout led the state in scoring (25 ppg) for sophomores. "Washington State sent me a letter today for basketball letter," said Kessler. But he says his focus is on playing DI football.

Kessler and the Hawks begin their season this Friday at Visalia (Calif.) Redwood.

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