The northwest of the nation looks in the early going like there are quite a few quarterbacks with the talent to play D-I football. One of them is Kellen Kiilsgaard (6-3, 215, 4.6) from Auburn, Wash. Kiilsgaard fits the mold of a dual-threat quarterback, but will also get looks as a safety. He's also a two-sport star who is getting looks for his skills as a baseball player.
Kiilsgaard is an outstanding athlete who his League's Player of the Year at two different positions. He was offensive Player of the Year as a quarterback and defensive Player of the Year as a safety for his junior season performance.
Kiilsgaard passed for 800 yards and five touchdowns. He rushed for 1,100 yards and rushing 15 touchdowns.
On defense, Kiilsgaard racked up 65 tackles and four interceptions.
When you get the job done on both sides of the ball as Kiilsgaard did it easy to understand why he already has an offer and is receiving recruiting interest from every Pac-10 school except USC. His offer is from Idaho.
During the height of the recruiting process, Kiilsgaard took an unofficial visit to UCLA on January 14th.
"I liked UCLA a lot," Kiilsgaard said. "I really liked the campus."
"I also liked the weather and the overall tradition of the school," Kiilsgaard said. "I took the visit to check both UCLA's football and baseball programs."
As a matter of fact, Kiilsgaard has been on baseball scouts radar ever since his sophomore season. It was his junior season in football that has perked D-I scouts' interest.
As a baseball player, some schools are recruiting Kiilsgaard as a pitcher while others like him as an outfielder. His record on the mound was 6-0 with 1.10 ERA. From the plate, he hit .500 with two homeruns and 22 RBIs.
Kiilsgaard wants to play both sports in college.
"At the top right now are Washington, Oregon, Cal and UCLA," Kiilsgaard said. "In no particular order."
"I'm looking for a prestigious program to play for and a school with an overall good tradition in athletics," Kiilsgaard said. "Academics are also important to me so a school that is strong academically is a plus for me."
Kiilsgaard is a great student who carries a perfect 4.0 GPA and scored an 1830 SAT.
In April, Kiilsgaard has been invited to the quarterback invitational camp that will take place in San Diego. He is also planning to attend the NIKE Camp to be held in Palo Alto or Eugene later in the spring.
The scouting report on Kiilsgaard is he has a strong arm, makes good decisions and thinks well on his feet.