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Three-star athlete has top five

Three-star quarterback/athlete Kellen Kiilsgaard (6-3, 215, 4.6) from Auburn, Wash., is one of the best all-around athletes from the Northwest out of the class of 2007.
Kiilsgaard is being recruited as athlete while most schools like him as a quarterback, some schools have offered him a scholie as a receiver and safety.
Kiislgaard had an outstanding junior season that saw him earn 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.
From his quarterback position Kiilsgaard passed for 800 yards and five touchdowns. He added 1,100 yards on the ground and rushed for 15 touchdowns.
On defense, Kiilsgaard racked up 65 tackles and four interceptions.
The Washington Huskies and the Oregon Ducks have offered Kiilsgaard a scholie as a quarterback. Cal has offered him as a quarterback/athlete leaving their options open.
Stanford, Arizona, and Arizona State have offered him strictly as a safety while Washington State has offered Kiilsgaard as a wide receiver.
Kiilsgaard has an early top five of ASU, Cal, Oregon, Stanford and Washington.
Why do these schools have the early lead?
"I went to ASU for an unofficial visit and loved the Tempe area," Kiilsgaard said. "I think Coach Dirk Koetter is down to earth and did a nice job presenting Arizona State.
"At Cal, they probably have the best academic/athletic combination right now. I want to be challenged academically and on the field. Cal presents that opportunity.
"Oregon was my first offer and was the first school I visited. Throughout the whole recruiting process, Oregon has been recruiting me the hardest.
"Stanford's biggest plus in their outstanding academics. I have worked really hard in the classroom to set me up for an opportunity like Stanford. I also think that Stanford is on the rise with coach Walt Harris.
"Washington is my hometown school. I really respect coach Tyrone Willingham and it is really the only school where all my family and friends could come and see me play."
"I haven't set any visits and I haven't really put to much thought into it," Kiilsgaard said. "I wouldn't mind taking a couple visits during the season and take some after the season.
"I want to spread my visits out. I don't want to squeeze all my visits in at the same time if I don't have to."
Kiilsgaard is also a superb baseball player who is getting looks from colleges and the major leagues for his skills on the diamond as a pitcher or 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.
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