High-SchoolFootball: Arkansas football recruiting
June, 11, 2012
By Brandon Parker | ESPN.com
Tom Hauck/ESPNHSLa Costa Canyon (Carlsbad, Calif.) center Scott Quessenberry, rated No. 183 in the ESPN 300, had a strong day at the Portland Nike Football SPARQ Combine.Despite measuring in at 6-foot-4, 285 pounds, Scott Quessenberry often gets overlooked when he's on the football field. It's not the La Costa Canyon (Carlsbad, Calif.) junior's fault — that's just the way it goes for offensive lineman, who rarely ever make the box score with their play. But by using a combination of quickness and strength, Quessenberry has still earned his fair share of attention.
Ranked No. 183 in the ESPN 300, Quessenberry made his mark last season at right tackle, paving the way for a potent rushing attack and leading the Mavericks within one win of the CIF San Diego Section Division II championship game. His play has garnered offers from the likes of Arkansas, Oregon and Wisconsin.
Fresh off competing against some of the nation's best players at the Oregon Nike Football Training Camp this past weekend, Quessenberry is now focused on improving his skills enough to help the Mavericks win a title this coming season — and perhaps bring a little more attention his way.
ESPNHS: How long have you been playing on the offensive line?
Quessenberry: I've been on the line my entire life. I actually wasn't really that big going into high school — I was about 5-10. Then, the summer before my sophomore year, I grew to 6-4 and got called up to play varsity that season at center. I played right tackle last year as a junior, will play left tackle as a senior and I'm being recruited to play center in college.
ESPNHS: What's the hardest part of being an offensive lineman?
Quessenberry: Just being overlooked. Everyone sees the receivers and quarterbacks throwing the ball. Me and my guys up front are doing what we have to do, but we don't get our names in the newspapers. Of course, the biggest thing is winning and we know we did what we had to do to help our team, but sometimes it's tough to be overlooked when you're putting in a lot of work out there. A lot of times, offensive lineman get noticed only when they mess up, but at the same time, the only way to get better is to learn from your mistakes. No one is perfect, so you have to always look to improve.
ESPNHS: You made the latest ESPN 300 rankings at number 183 and are ranked as the second-best center in the nation. What's it like being recognized in that way?
Quessenberry: It's great to be on the list. I'm always on there looking at rankings and when I don't see my name in there, I'll say 'That's cool,' but the in back of my mind I know I can play with anyone. It's great to be recognized for your hard work, but you can't focus too much on the rankings. I just have to go do me.
ESPNHS: Recently, you narrowed your list to four colleges. Where does your recruitment stand right now?
Quessenberry: I had it down to four with Nebraska, San Diego State, Wisconsin and UCLA, but I was only at 12 offers at the time. Now, I have 17 and those new ones that came in were Oregon, Cal, Arkansas, Oregon State and Washington, so that changed things up a little. Those four schools I had it down to are still in the mix, but as of those point, I'm pretty wide open and want to take some visits before making a decision.
ESPNHS: Players have different experiences with the recruiting process — some good, some bad. What's your experience been like so far?
Quessenberry: It's very interesting process. You hear different pitches from different coaches, which is cool and humbling. You also have to be sure to choose the right words, but if you say something the wrong way, the coach might think you don't want to go there when that's not the case. You have to be very intricate at times, but it's not a frustrating process.
ESPNHS: What are your strengths and what are some things you want to work on in the next year?
Quessenberry: Playing outside the last two years, I want to work on improving my pass blocking. My strengths are my physicality, I'm very good in space and blocking the corner and safeties. I just try to get after it and have a motor that keeps going and going.
School: La Costa Canyon (Carlsbad, Calif.)
Position: Offensive line
Food: Southern California Mexican food
Athlete: Nick Hardwick
Team: San Diego Chargers
Car: Ford F-150 Raptor
School subject: History
Music artist: Guns N' Roses