Are things starting to finally turn around for Jihad Vercher?
There is at least one positive sign since an assistant coach from Oregon State stopped by his game last weekend and now with some Pac-12 interest maybe other programs are going to get involved.
"I think they're showing a little more interest," Vercher said of the Beavers. "It's picking up a little bit with them."
Oregon State has gotten involved with Vercher, a 6-foot, 202-pound three-star prospect who currently has offers from Army and Northern Arizona.
The interest is definitely encouraging to Vercher, who had an outstanding junior season followed up by a strong summer but is still struggling to garner the attention of major college programs.
This could be the start of something new in his recruitment.
"They've been showing a lot of interest lately and I'm really interested in them as well," Vercher said. "Hopefully, something comes out of it.
"I have an Army offer and that's new but the newest thing is I've been talking a lot more to Oregon State. It is a big thing. It makes me play harder but you have to stay humble and hungry."
In his junior season, Vercher threw for 3,281 yards with 38 touchdowns and eight interceptions and he also rushed for 302 yards and 11 scores. But some coaches seem concerned that he's just slightly undersized to play quarterback at the highest level.
Vercher helped lead Salesian to 10 wins last season and then this summer he looked good in numerous 7on7 tournaments.