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Cali QB enjoying the camp circuit

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San Jacinto (Calif.) quarterback Chasen Stangel was impressive at this year's NIKE Camp and Elite 11 camps back in April at USC and he's continued his run of strong camp showings at Nebraska this week, where he won the Elite Quarterback Academy QB Challenge at the Cornhuskers' Elite QB Camp.
Nebraska ranks up near the top in terms of Stangel's favorite schools, and while the Cornhuskers are yet to offer, his solid camp should plant him firmly on the NU coaches' radar screen.
The 6-1, 187 pound Stangel, who threw for 2,407 yards and 19 touchdowns with just five interceptions as a junior, currently holds offers from UTEP, New Mexico, Utah State, Idaho, Purdue, Wyoming, New Mexico State and SMU.
He plans on attending the Elite 11 regional camp this Saturday in Las Vegas as well taking unofficial visits to Utah State (June 27th), Idaho (June 29th) and Washington (June 30th) this summer and then hopefully will be ready to make his college decision.
"The coaches and offensive system will be the most important factor," says Stangel of what factors will weigh into his decision-making process.
"The conference is not the most important factor to me. I would obviously like to compete at the Division I level and contend for a bowl berth every year."
So who is Stangel most focused on at this point?
"Right now I'd say UTEP, Nebraska, Washington, SMU and New Mexico would be my top five," revealed Stangel.
"UTEP has a great staff, great facilities and they've been winning a lot of games since Coach Price took over there.
"Nebraska is just Nebraska - they have great tradition, a tremendous offensive system with Coach Callahan and Coach Norvell and I actually have a lot of family in the state also.
"Washington is a Pac-10 school, has a great tradition of turning out quarterbacks, a beautiful campus and I like Coach Willingham and Coach Lappano.
"SMU and New Mexico both have similar offensive systems to what we run at San Jacinto, good facilities and staffs and I like the education factor at SMU and the area around the New Mexico campus."
Stangel is also still waiting to see if the Huskies will offer when he visits in two weeks and then hopes to be ready to make a call in early July after his tour is complete.
While not the biggest guy around, one would be hard-pressed to find a quarterback in the country that is more passionate about the game and committed to being the best he can be than Stangel.
He has good feet, excellent mechanics and is quite accurate, hitting over 60% of his passes each of the past two seasons.
Stangel will be one of many top quarterbacks to compete at the final Elite 11 regional camp this Saturday in Las Vegas and SSFootball.com will have full coverage of the event this weekend!
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