Modesto QB Chad Draper trying to get noticed

As a non-qualifier out of Downey High School, Modesto QB Chad Draper (6-3, 205) didn't have a lot of options so he decided to stick close to home and develop his skills. Under the guidance of his coaches, Draper has developed into an outstanding passer and he's getting ready to get some tape out to some schools to see if he can garner some interest.

"I had some small colleges looking at me, but since I didn't qualify, I decided to go to Modesto and work on my skills," Draper told "I really worked on my footwork when I got here and I redshirted my first year so this year was the first chance I've had to put their coaching to good use."

For the 2006 season, Draper passed for 2,437 yards, 23 touchdowns and 10 interceptions. He also completed almost 72-percent of his passes and directed his team to a 7-3 record and received All-Conference honors to finish the year.

"One of our receivers, Roman Penirian, he caught 70 passes and set a school-record and another one of my receivers, Jamie January, had over 900 yards and that was a school-record too," Draper said. "We had a pretty solid attack and I did my best to not try and force things and just take what the defense gave me.

"That's our biggest rule in our offense: ‘don't force it, just take what they give you' and I think I did that pretty well this year."

Draper's game is more "old-school" compared to the ultra-athletic players who are taking snaps nowadays.

"I'm more of a drop-back guy, but I can run if I need to," Draper said. "I'd rather pick a team apart with my arm than run around all day. I'll let my receivers and backs do that stuff."

On the recruiting front, Draper is getting his tape ready hoping to garner interest from some local schools.

"I'm going to send it out to Fresno State, Sacramento State, California, San Diego State and San Jose State and see what happens," Draper said. "Some smaller schools have called and sent letters, but I want to see if I can get something from a bigger school."

Draper will graduate in May and he will have three years to play three wherever he ends up. He is leaning toward majoring in history, but hasn't declared anything yet.

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