May 5, 2009

Saint Louis signalcaller has CSU offer

The offer list for Saint Louis High School quarterback Stephen Kaiser has doubled over the course of a week, with a pair of Big 10 Teams throwing their hat into the ring for the DeSmet signalcaller.

The 6-foot-3, 222-pound Kaiser claims a 4.69 time in the 40-yard dash, a 305-pound bench press max, a 3.3 grade-point average and was named All-Conference last year despite playing in a run-dominated offense for the 8-3 DeSmet High Spartans.

"I read the field, my eyes are always downfield. I have a good pocket presence and I have a strong arm. I think I am a great leader to my teammates and I am not considered a running quarterback, but I can get the job done if I need to," Kaiser said after being asked what is attracting coaches to his game film.

While the DeSmet Spartans didn't put the ball in the air a lot, Kaiser has been able to show college what he can do when he gets the chance. The tape has been good enough to net scholarship offers from Colorado State, Southern Methodist as well as Wisconsin and Minnesota in the last two weeks.

Through the process, Kaiser said he has put together some criteria for what he is looking for in a college.

"I would say the most important thing is the people and the coaching staff," Kaiser said. "That is what you want - a good coaching staff. I would say that the good people that are going to teach you a lot while you are there and they have a winning record."

Colorado State was one of the first two schools to offer Kaiser and he said he is interested in listening to the Rams as well as SMU, which features a very quarterback-friendly system under June Jones.

"They offered the scholarship and talked to my coach after we sent them a highlight film," Kaiser said "I haven't been able to go to their facility, or talk to their coaches in person yet, but I like what I hear. I am interested and want to get to know them better.

"SMU also stood out to me," Kaiser said. "They have a great coaching staff with Coach Jones."

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