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Quessenberry paying close attention

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UCLA and Nebraska are two of the five favorites for Scott Quessenberry so the Carlsbad (Calif.) La Costa Canyon center kept a close eye on Saturday's matchup in Los Angeles.
The 6-foot-4, 276-pound three-star prospect was especially impressed with the Bruins' upset victory but he said it doesn't necessarily move UCLA up and Nebraska down. He wanted to see both teams in action, he got that chance on television and now his recruitment continues.
"It was freaking nuts because those are two schools that are in my top five still," Quessenberry said. "That's one good program and one program on the rise and I told coach (Marques Tuiasosopo) and coach (Adrian) Klemm that I was really impressed and they're definitely moving in the right direction.
"I used to just watch the games to watch the games but now I watch everything. I watch the o-linemen and how they run block and pass block and then I also watch the d-line to see their stunts and their switches and I try to get a grasp for the entire game and how they work up front. I appreciate it a lot more now."
Quessenberry, rated as the fifth-best center in the 2013 class by Rivals.com, was especially impressed with UCLA's intensity.
"Everything in general is a little different," Quessenberry said.
"They always had talent and these coaches are spoken very highly of by people I've talked to and it seems like they know what they're talking about. They're 2-0 with one convincing win in Week 1 and a huge win, a big upset in Week 2 so I was really impressed."
UCLA's victory does not mean the Huskers drop at all though as Quessenberry said he's still going to take his official visit in late October and Nebraska is still under serious consideration.
One loss isn't the end of the world in Quessenberry's book.
"Nebraska is no push over," he said. "They didn't slip. UCLA executed. Nebraska didn't execute as well and UCLA was better that day. The Rose Bowl looked like it was going crazy. Nebraska didn't slip and UCLA didn't move. My top five is pretty much interchangeable."
The three-star center who looked good this summer at The Opening was supposed to take his first official visit to Arkansas this weekend but it's been postponed. Quessenberry said he's supposed to talk with the coaching staff sometime soon to reschedule.
The Razorbacks are coming off an embarrassing loss to Louisiana-Monroe and play top-ranked Alabama next week. Other than his trip to Nebraska, no other official visits are planned at this time.
"I'm not going (to Arkansas) this week," Quessenberry said.
"We couldn't make it because the coaches didn't want it to be a recruiting week because it's such a high-stress game with Alabama coming to town. We're going to reschedule that. I'm excited to see how they bounce back especially against Alabama. Losing to Louisiana-Monroe, they're not happy, but it happens."
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