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May 25, 2013

Fresno State looking at another Steele




Kingsburg (Calif.) quarterback Brandon Steele comes from outstanding bloodlines. His dad played for USC and New Orleans. His oldest brother is currently playing at Cal Poly SLO. Another brother signed with Fresno State in February.

Steele's uncle and head coach at Kingsbury, Dave Steele, played at Sac State. Coach Steele talks about his field general.

"Brandon was at the Elite 11 combine at the NIKE Camp last weekend," Kingsbury head coach Dave Steele said. "He competed well at that and he's going to have a pretty busy camp schedule. He is planning on attending probably four, maybe five, if not more college camps.

"June is going to be a very busy month for him. He's going to go to the Fresno State camp. He's going to go to the Cal camp. He's going to be down at UCLA camp. He may be doing San Diego State. He may be doing the Colorado camp and the Northern Arizona camp.

"There are a lot of options. He could go to UNLV. Obviously, Brandon is going to be really busy this summer."

At this point in Steele's recruitment, he is still looking to get his first offer. It appears it will only be a matter of time.

"Currently Brandon doesn't have an offer," Steele said. "He's had a lot of interest. A lot of guys want to see him in the camps.

"Quarterback is one of those positions that is a little bit different. Offensive coordinators and quarterback coaches want to see quarterbacks go live. I think June is going to be a big opportunity for him. I can see schools pulling the trigger."

Steele knows what a quarterback looks like and feels Brandon has what it takes to make it at the next level.

"Brandon, physically, is a strong kid," Steele said. "He is over 6-foot-3. He weighs 225 and he's strong in the weight room. His biggest asset is he has a really strong arm and a very fast release. He gets rid of the ball faster than most quarterbacks I have seen.

"When he is ready to throw the ball, it's gone. He doesn't have any wasted motion. The ball is up and gone. We put him situation where he has throw out of the shotgun and under center."

What is Steele looking for in a school?

"Brandon wants to go to a school where he can compete. That doesn't mean that he has to come right in and do it, but he wants to be able fit in a system that goes with his strengths.

"Brandon is excited. He just wants to play football. So really for him, it's just going to come down what school really likes him the most. He just has to visit, see how the school is, meet the coaches and we will know once he figures out the dynamic of the program that will fit him the best."

The Bulldogs signed Steele's older brother defensive tackle, Ryan Steele last February, so they know the younger Steele very well.

"Fresno State likes Brandon a lot," Steele said. "They actually met him when they were recruiting Ryan. He has been to the Fresno State campus several times and has been to some of their spring practices. Brandon has seen a lot of Fresno State.

"I know Fresno State is very interested in Brandon. They are recruiting him quite a bit. It's going to come down where if they are going to offer him then he has got to make some decisions down the road.

"I think Fresno State is in the mix for him and he really likes them. It is a program that he knows a lot about and he feels comfortable about.

"What offensive coordinator Dave Schramm is doing offensively really fits Brandon's style. It's a pretty good fit, it's just going to come down to what Fresno State decides what they are going to do wants to do, but I know that they like Brandon and he likes them as well."

As a junior, Steele was selected first-team all-league and all-area after throwing for over 2,000 yards and 20 touchdowns. He's also an outstanding runner who rushed for 819 yards and scored 16 touchdowns on the ground.

Stay tuned to FSBulldogs.com for more updates on the Fresno State 2014 recruiting class. You can follow us on Twitter at @FresnoDogs.


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