- Erik McKinney, RecruitingNation
This year might not offer the same depth of top-tier West region offensive linemen that the 2012 class produced, but there is no lack of overall ability. Headlining the list of uncommitted West Coast offensive linemen is Scott Quessenberry (Carlsbad, Calif./La Costa Canyon).
The nation’s No. 2 center and No. 189 recruit overall, Quessenberry has offers from programs across the country. But the 6-foot-4, 276-pound lineman said that with written offers now coming in, he hopes to begin narrowing his list of potential destinations.
“With all of these verbal offers, anything can happen,” he said. “But once you have the written offer, it’s the real deal.”
Quessenberry said he has already received written offers from programs such as Arizona State, Boise State, Nebraska and UCLA, though he is comfortable taking his time with the process.
Nebraska and Arkansas have made an impact on the No. 19 prospect in California. Quessenberry said he will take official visits to Arkansas on Sept. 14 and to Nebraska on Oct. 26. California, San Diego State, UCLA, Utah and Washington are also among Quessenberry’s leaders at this time, though he said he remains open to additional schools entering the picture. He does have a pretty clear picture of what he is looking for in a program at the next level.
“Whether the team is winning and how good the fan base is,” he said. “Is it like Nebraska, where they are 80,000 strong every week whether the team is winning or losing? Education is also a big part, as well as how the players enjoy being there and the atmosphere around the school.”
Though he has a slower approach to the process than some of his peers, Quessenberry did his part this summer as he took unofficial visits to California, San Diego State, UCLA and Wisconsin. The upcoming fall camp will signal the end of his final summer as a high school student, but he said he was comfortable in finding a balance between the recruiting process and spending time just being a teenager this summer, and he doesn’t doubt his ability to juggle recruiting, schoolwork and the upcoming football season.
“I want to be committed before signing day in order to release some of the pressure for me with my other sports seasons, but if I don’t have my mind made up, I can wait until then or even after it,” he said. “There is really no rush for me.”
This year might not offer the same depth of top-tier West region offensive linemen that the 2012 class produced, but there is no lack of overall ability.