August 18, 2009

California back seeing the country

La Habra (Calif.) running back Joshua Quezada has been nothing short of a traveling man this summer as his philosophy is coming head-strong into the reality of geography. Quezada's production and his attitude have resulted in nine scholarship offers and he hopes to visit as many of his suitors as possible.

"My main objective is to visit as many schools as possible to picture myself there," Quezada said. "Right now I am going for that best option. I have visited a couple schools and if I couldn't picture myself there, then I have cut them down."

Last seasn Quezada rushed for 1,680 yards on 157 attempts, good for a 10.7 yards per carry average. He also caught 21 passes for 318 yards and picked up 22 tackles on defense. Quezada runs a 4.5 in the 40-yard dash, squats 400 pounds and has a 32-inch vertical leap. In the classroom he holds a 3.3 grade-point average and a 1310 on his SAT.

His scholarship offers come from Brigham Young, Colorado State, San Diego State, Stanford, Utah, Washington, Fresno State, Hawaii and New Mexico State.

Thus far he has visited Cal, Washington, Oregon, Oregon State, San Diego State, Utah and BYU. While he hasn't found the school that offers him everything he is looking for, he isn't cutting anyone either. Quezada said he enjoyed Cal's facilities but wasn't enthused that they wanted him to play linebacker. Washington's coaches impressed Quezada, but he wasn't sure he was interested in playing for a team that is in re-building mode. Ditto for San Diego State. The small town feel of both Eugene and Corvallis, Ore. have attracted many, but may have been too small for him.

"They seemed like more small-town sorts of schools and I can't picture myself at a small-town sort of program," Quezada said.

Utah and BYU have impressed Quezada as well, as he cited their winning traditions as well as the fact BYU has a highly-ranked business degree program.

The four schools who have offered Quezada already but haven't received visits are Colorado State, Fresno State, New Mexico State and Hawaii. Quezada said the fact he hasn't been to those schools yet says more about their distance than his interest. He said those visits may have to wait until an official visit is available or the budget can find the money to come to either Hawaii or Fort Collins.

"Those are farther. It is between Colorado State and Hawaii, I'll either take an official visit and see how the budget is up there. I am trying to make it to every offer I have, but at the same time budget is real tight."

Quezada is familiar with Colorado State.

"They have a real good running back coach and their program is built on running and they are a running type of team," Quezada said. "That is pretty much all I know right now. They are a running team and they want me at running back."

Quezada said coaches tell him they like his aggressiveness with the football on both sides of the ball. They also appreciate his character and leadership. He added his team's practice starts on Aug. 21 or 22. As for his college recruiting, the gameplan is to see as many schools as he can before he makes a decision.

"I believe I need to see them all before I judge them," he said. "They all have their positives and negatives."

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