Quezada Closing In

Joshua Quezada

Joshua Quezada from La Habra High School has indeed played as a top running back/safety recruit from Southern California. As his team is set to begin the state playoffs as the top seed, he's going to have to juggle official trips on virtually every weekend until he transfers midyear and joins a Division I program this coming January. TBS caught up with Quezada to learn more of his situation.

Joshua Quezada is a 5-foot-11-inch, 210-pound recruit from La Habra High School who has set the field on fire, rushing for an average of 9.3 yards per carry. Although he's not quite sure of his season tally in regards to total yards and touchdowns, one could well imagine those are astonishingly high as well.

"I'm coming off what might be my best game of the year," he said. "I rushed for 268 yards last week and five touchdowns and was named player of the week for my entire league for the second time this year, so that was nice."

Schools have taken notice of his skillset along with the added advantage of him being able to graduate early and join his college of choice in time for an entire offseason workout session and spring practice. While most midyear transfers have long made up their minds by now, such is not the case with Quezada.

"I just got back from Hawaii and this coming weekend I'm tripping to Utah," he informed. "I'm really looking forward to my Utah trip since I liked my unofficial visit there so much. I've taken official visits to both BYU and now to Hawaii and I liked both of those schools a lot more after the official visits, so I'm sort of expecting the same after my official visit to Utah."

His visit this past weekend vaulted Hawaii up the chart of his top schools.

"They're right up there with Utah and BYU as one of my top schools after my visit," he said. "I really enjoyed the trip there, the coaches, the atmosphere. It was a great time."

Washington is still near the top of Quezada's list as well, although the Huskies offered him as a safety and not as a running back. He still plans to visit Washington on an official visit along with a likely trip to Fresno State, which recently reoffered him as a running back.

"They had one of their top running backs fall through, so they reoffered me as a running back when at first they only wanted me as a safety," he explained. "I'll probably visit them the weekend after Thanksgiving. We'll have to see how it goes."

Although he's fully aware that it's becoming very late for a decision, Quezada is intent on doing what is best for him since it's a huge decision for any young man.

"I'm still considering all the schools that have offered me pretty equally right now," he informed. "I like BYU a lot and what they do and I loved my visit there, but I also loved my visit to Hawaii. The disadvantage of Hawaii is that they're so far away, but I'll definitely consider them. I'm anxious to see Utah again and see how I feel there along with Washington and Fresno State. I know that I have to decide soon, but I'm going to take my visits and then consider what is best for me."

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