El Camino's Kersten holds the edge

El Camino typically produces a number of top-shelf D-1 prospects every year and one of their best for 2010 is OT Andrew Kersten (6-5, 305). The talented offensive lineman is already hearing from a handful of BCS programs and could see even more come on after the start of the season...

Kersten prepped at Washburn High School in Minnesota and was a full-qualifier, but very few four-year schools showed him much in the way of interest, so he decided to head west to improve his recruiting stock.

"My dad played JC football and he knew a lot of the people in those circles and El Camino was the school everyone recommended," Kersten told JCFootball.com. "I've really enjoyed my time out here and feel like I've learned a lot and improved myself as a player.

"I had some walk-on opportunities and I was going to walk-on with Minnesota, but this was the best decision for me really."

As a true freshman in 2008, Kersten thought he badly sprained his ankle three days before the start of the season, but it turned out he broke it in three places.

"At first, I tried just to play on it and tough it out, but it wasn't getting better so I got it looked at more thoroughly and it turned out I broke it in three places," Kersten noted. "I ended up getting bone spurs and stuff, so I'm going to apply for a medical redshirt in order to get that year of eligibility back."

Last season, Kersten started every game at right tackle and he's slated to hold down that position this fall as well.

"I'm good at both run and pass-blocking," Kersten said. "In high school, we were pretty much a running team, so I didn't really learn how to pass-block until I got here.

"I have pretty quick feet and I'm a quick learner so this year has been about getting faster and just becoming more confident in what I'm doing out there.

"A lot of that is just getting in and watching film and getting better with my technique."

In addition to his outstanding work ethic, Kersten is naturally strong, posting a 455 pound bench press, a 315 pound power-clean and a squat of over 500 pounds.

Recruiting has been steady for the talented offensive lineman, but he's still waiting on that ever-elusive first offer.

"New Mexico called me and talked to me in the spring and they said they liked me a lot," Kersten said. "I went up to USC's spring game and talked to their coaches too and they were cool to get to know.

"I've also gotten a lot of stuff from Oregon, Oregon State and Kansas State and a bunch of other schools that I can't really remember off the top of my head."

As a full-qualifier, Kersten is able to leave at any time, but he plans to play for the Warriors this fall and he'll have three years to play two, assuming he gets the medical redshirt for the 2008 season, wherever he ends up.

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