It's shaping up to be one of the better years in St. Louis in quite some time. The city has elite skill talent, and one player that is starting to garner plenty of attention is DeSmet quarterback Stephen Kaiser.
The 6-foot-3, 217-pounder picked up an early offer from SMU, but has recently added an offer from Colorado State. He is also close on an offer from Minnesota and other schools are definitely showing interest in him.
So why are schools flocking to St. Louis to check him out?
"I think I'm a good leader to my team," Kaiser said. "All the kids look to me in game situations. I have good accuracy and good arm strength. I also have good pocket presence. When I move around in the pocket, my eyes are always looking down field."
Kaiser is also an athletic quarterback, but don't call him a dual-threat passer, though.
"I think I lean more toward pro-style, but when I need to run, I'm more than competent," he said. "My freshman year, I was at Francis Howell and we ran the wishbone. I moved over to DeSmet after that, and we run a system that is focused on running.
"From the amount of passing we did, I think I did well last year. We had a lot of good running backs, so when I did get to pass, I think I lit it up. Coach told me when the season was over that this year, we're going to pass more and open it up. I'm very excited about that."
Kaiser's also excited about the attention he's received so far in the recruiting process.
"I have offers from SMU and Colorado State," he said. "Minnesota said they're going to offer me. When I went down to SMU after they offered me, I was really impressed with what I saw. Plus with coach (June) Jones, I know I'm in good hands. SMU is ranked high on my list, but I'm still feeling things around and looking at other programs.
Other programs like Iowa, Michigan State, Duke, Nebraska and Alabama have all been in communication with him this spring. He said he's got a very busy summer schedule and will be somewhere virtually every weekend, this includes the NIKE Training Camp and Elite 11 Regional Camp in Las Vegas.
"I'd have to get my calendar out to see where we're going every weekend," he said. "I know we have a lot of camps planned out. I didn't really know last year, but after talking to other kids, you have to go to college camps to get the word out about you. I'm going to hit up a lot this year."
Kaiser said the final decision on which school he picks will come down to a few different factors.
"When I chose my college, I'm going to do it with my family," he said. "They know it's important, and they want me to look at the academic program the school provides. I also want to be in a good football program with a good coaching staff."