INside USC Recruiting: Kessler Named CalHiSports D1 Athlete Of The Year

Craig WattsContributor IJuly 23, 2010

Awards keep coming in for USC commit Cody Kessler, the second ranked quarterback in the 2011 recruiting class. just named him California's Division One Athlete of the Year—one of its highest honors.

On the gridiron, Kessler led Centennial High (Bakersfield) to the CIF Central Section championship game with 2,296 yards passing, 290 yards rushing, and 18 touchdowns, despite missing three contests.

Then came basketball season.

As one of the top players in the state, he averaged 29 points, eight rebounds, and five assists per game. No one in the section could contain him. During one stretch in the playoffs, he dropped 47 and 39 points on consecutive nights to keep the Golden Hawks alive.

This week, Kessler represented the Trojans as one of twelve quarterbacks invited to participate in the EA Sports Elite 11 camp in Aliso Viejo, CA, where he received tutoring from NFL greats, including Mark Sanchez.

Early reports are declaring him the most accurate passer of the bunch and scouts called him a bigger, stronger version of Jake Heaps, arguably last season's top quarterback recruit.

With plans to graduate next winter and attend spring practices, Kessler will have a head start learning the playbook and getting used to college competition, giving him the best chance to follow Barkley as USC's top quarterback.