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D-Day draws near for Cali QB

The day is drawing near for one of the western region's fastest rising quarterbacks. Cody Kessler (6-2, 212, 4.8) from Bakersfield (Calif.) Centennial took two unofficial visits this weekend and now he is ready narrow things down. Not only that, but his college decision could be imminent.
"I've narrowed it down to three or four now," Kessler said. "It's probably down to USC, Washington, Pitt, and Boise State and Alabama are kind of right there too. Those are the main schools that I am looking at.
"I actually just got back from USC," Kessler said. "I visited USC on Friday.
"My visit with USC went really good," Kessler said. "It went awesome.
"Coach Helton (USC quarterback coach Clay Helton), Coach Kiffin (USC head coach Lane Kiffin and Coach (USC defensive coordinator) Monte Kiffin were there," Kessler said. "Everyone else was still out recruiting so those three guys I really talk to all the time and the visit went awesome.
"Honestly within a week, week and half, my goal is to make my decision," Kessler said. "I'm kind of going back and forth, but hopefully by this week I will know for sure.
While in Los Angeles, Kessler also visited UCLA.
"On Saturday I went to UCLA and talked to Coach Neuheisel (UCLA head coach Rick Neuheisel) for a little bit to just check it out," Kessler said. "I have never really seen the campus.
"I have been on campus to watch practice, but I never really saw the campus," Kessler said. "UCLA had offered so I went there to check it out just to look at it and it was a good trip, I liked it.
"We were able to visit with Coach Neuheisel for awhile, so it went good."
Though it went well between UCLA and Kessler, it doesn't appear to be enough to make the cut.
"These other schools I have been talking to for a lot longer and have been recruiting me longer," Kessler said. "I have been talking to those schools a lot more.
It appears for one school out of many the wait could soon be over for Kessler's decision.
"The decision could be sooner than a week or it could be later," Kessler said. "We're going to sit down tomorrow (Monday May 31st) and talk about it a lot more in detail, but I hope to do it (make his college decision) by Friday, I hope."
Whoever lands Kessler will be getting a player who earned Area Player of the Year, first-team all-state (was the only junior quarterback on the team), and first-team all-league after throwing for 2,195 yards and 12 touchdowns in 10 games. He missed four games due to a high ankle sprain.
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