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SoCal QB lands No. 1

Quarterback Michael Bercovici (6-2, 205) from Woodland Hills (Calif.) Taft has been terrific at every camp he has participated in thus far. He was impressive at NIKE in April. He was impressive at UCLA on Sunday and once again at his latest camp held today (June 9, 2010), he was so impressive that he walked away with his first offer.
What makes this offer so impressive is the fact that Bercovici had to sit out his junior year due to transfer rules and most schools want to see how he performs when the lights are on.
Arizona State is not among those who will wait as ASU head coach Dennis Erickson and ASU offensive coordinator saw enough in him at their camp ASU camp experience to tender an offer.
"I was able to come here earlier in the year and they showed me around the campus, but today I was able to spend the majority of time with Coach Mazzone and Dennis Erickson)," Bercovici said. "They pretty much had their eye on me throughout the whole camp."
"They put me through footwork drills and what they really loved about me is my quick release," Bercovici said. "That pretty much, they felt, would fit their offense perfectly because it is about getting the ball out and in the receiver's hands. That's what they loved about me.
"After the camp they said they wanted me to go the athletic facility offense," Bercovici said. "After camp I went back to the hotel and got the stuff and went over to the secretary's offense and she said that Coach Erickson wanted to talk to me.
"I went in there with my dad and we talked about what the direction the program is going," Bercovici said. "They liked everything they saw today and said they weren't going to wait till their June 13th Camp, which is their senior camp, they said they are just going to offer me right now.
"They feel I'm their No. 1 quarterback right now," Bercovici said. "I'm pretty excited about it right now."
Bercovici also impressed UCLA with his performance at the Above and Beyond Camp on Sunday.
"I felt I did really well," Bercovici said about his UCLA Above and Beyond Camp performance. "I love UCLA and it feels like you are playing in your own backyard.
"I really like Norm Chow," Bercovici said. "He was really pretty amazing to learn from, on the white board, as well as his philosophy on playing the quarterback position.
"I have a pretty good relationship with Coach Neuheisel (UCLA head coach Rick Neuheisel) as well," Bercovici said. "He is pretty good friends with Coach K (Taft head coach Matt Kerstetter).
"Coach Neuheisel said he really wants to see me during the season because he might offer me during the season," Bercovici said. "He wants to see me in pads and stuff."
Bercovici was part of a group of Taft football players that joined Coach K with Neuheisel for an unofficial visit to UCLA on Monday.
"Coach Neuheisel spoke to me when we were there," Bercovici said. "He wanted to make sure that I was still interested in the program and he said he really wants me to be patient and not pull the trigger because they definitely want to see me during the season, but hopefully with me getting this ASU offer it puts a little more pressure to possibly get more interest in me now that they know someone else pulled the trigger on me, which I'm pretty excited about."
Was Bercovici tempted to commit to Arizona State?
"Well I really love ASU," Bercovici said. "My sister goes to ASU and she wants me to go to the school. I love the campus. I love the area around the campus and I especially love Coach Erickson and Coach Mazzone.
"They (Erickson and Mazzone) really tempted me to commit early," Bercovici said. "I know it is my first offer so I have to relax a little bit, but of course I want to commit already because I love everything about the school, the coaches, they are really personable.
"I wasn't 100 percent tempted to commit, but ASU is one of my top schools, because I know quarterback spots in the Pac 10 are narrowing down."
Things could really heat up for Bercovici because he will be participating at two more camps this coming weekend and if he continues his fine camp play, there will be two more schools that will be impressed this fast rising quarterback prospect.
"On Friday, I'm flying up to Oregon State in the morning and will camp with them in the afternoon," Bercovici said. "Saturday, I'll be taking an unofficial visit to Washington and on Sunday, I'll be at Washington's Camp."