"Stefan received an offer from Cal today and we're just thrilled about it," said Scott Loucks, Stefan's father. "Both my wife and I are from the west coast, so we're letting Stefan know what a great school Cal is. We miss the west coast a lot."
"It's a big deal," said Stefan. "(Cal Offensive Coordinator) Coach Dunbar got a chance to see me play when he came out to see my spring practice recently and I've had a chance to talk with him. An offer from Cal is huge, because most of their quarterbacks end up in the NFL. I think (Cal Head) Coach Tedford has put something like nine QBs in the NFL.
"I've kind of followed Cal for a while because I like their offense and they have the same mascot (Bears) as my team.
"Once the schools down here heard about California's interest, they've been calling all the time and fighting hard, said Loucks' father, Scott. "But we're going to get Stefan out there this month, hopefully with his coach, Kevin Kelly. Hopefully my wife and I will make it out there, too. We love San Francisco and the Bay Area. We'd like to try and get this commitment done (with whatever school he chooses) by the end of the month."
Loucks had a highly productive junior season, passing for 43 touchdowns and 4,100 yards with just 13 interceptions. Pulaski runs a spread offense, something not lost on Cal Offensive Coordinator Mike Dunbar, who caught a flight out to Arkansas to observe a practice after having an opportunity to see Loucks' passing proficiency on tape.
There's obviously more talent on Pulaski Academy than just Loucks, for example running back Broderick Green who has committed to play for USC. Between Green's 1664 yards and 22 TDs on the ground and Loucks' prolific passing, Pulaski had one of the more potent offensive backfields in the country.
Louck's also cited Missouri and Texas Tech amongst his top three favorites.
"I've gotten to talk to Missouri's quarterback Coach Yost a lot in the last couple months and I like their program, too," said Loucks.
"Texas Tech is another school I like," he said. "They have an exciting offense and they play the spread, which is the same type of offense I play in. They haven't offered yet, but they may in a little while.
Loucks plans to make some visits during his busy June schedule and if things go well, he hopes to make his decision by the end of the month. To see Stefan Loucks' profile, click here.
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