February 14, 2010

Boehm getting a lot of attention

A look at the colleges who have offered San Jose Quarterback Kyle Boehm a scholarship tells a story about the combination of ability and potential the Archbishop Mitty signalcaller possesses. Quarterback gurus like Steve Fairchild, Steve Sarkasian and Jeff Tedford are showing a level of interest that makes you believe the 6-foot-3, 205-pound Boehm has a bright future as a college quarterback.

Boehm holds scholarship offers from Colorado State, San Jose State, Wyoming, Cal, Arizona State and Washington.

"A lot of these schools have great coaching staffs and reputations for quarterback play," Boehm said. "I am excited about that. The coaching will be really important to me. I want to go to a place where I think I can learn the most. Having a good coaching staff will be big for me."

Last season Boehm accounted for nearly 850 yards on the ground as well as through the air, in his third offense over the past three years. Last season was a spread option offense, after spending time as a drop-back quarterback in the past. Boehm said that coaches have told him he has a quick release, can drop back well and can make all the throws necessary. He added that he wasn't looking for a particular system to play in, but pointing out his background in multiple systems has readied him for a variety of different gameplans.

Boehm's athletic ability is measured by a 4.89 time in the 40-yard dash, as well as a 32-inch vertical leap.

This weekend, Boehm offered a glimpse of what he is looking at in terms of schools. He said it is too early to put together a top three or top five, but has interest in everyone who is talking to him. He said he liked Wyoming because he used to play in the same conference as Cowboy quarterback Austyn Carta-Samuels and the prospect of learning with a friend excites Boehm. San Jose State is local and he is familiar with it from a team camp he took part in this summer. He likes the offense Arizona State runs and has a former high school teammate playing for the Sun Devils. He is also familiar with Washington by the fact his high school coach was a college roommate of Husky defensive coordinator Nick Holt.

Boehm was in Berkely last weekend for an unofficial visit and seemed impressed with the Golden Bears.

"I went to a couple camps at Cal," Boehm said. "I went to an Elite 11 camp to watch and a month after that I did the Elite 11 camp there. I've been to a few games there so I have gotten to see what it is like to play there and watch there. On Friday I took an unofficial at Cal and saw the campus and talked to Tedford. That was good."

Boehm also has a connection to Colorado State from having moved his sister to Fort Collins to play volleyball. His sister had a concussion and left the program, but the impression of his visit to Colorado stuck with Boehm.

"I got to see the campus," Boehm said. "I got a feel for the campus, the playing field and see a practice when the team was practicing. I got a taste for what practice was like. It was high-intensity, it was fast-paced, there were cameras everywhere. I thought that was really cool."

Boehm said he did take note of the Rams' signing of fellow California High School quarterback Pete Thomas and said he welcomes competition. Boehm did add that he is looking for a school that he can play soon after arriving on campus.

As far as visits are concerned, Boehm said he needs to do some planning before deciding where he wants to take his official visits.

"I haven't sat down with my dad and talked about all these dates." Boehm said. "I do plan on taking visits to schools. I just need to sit down and talk to my dad to figure out what all we are going to do."

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