Zwahlen Picks Up First Offer

QB Aaron Zwahlen

Modesto (Calif.) Downey quarterback Aaron Zwahlen took an unofficial visit to Hawaii and left with an unexpected surprise: his first offer...

Modesto (Calif.) Downey quarterback Aaron Zwahlen took an unofficial visit to Hawaii this week and much to his surprise, picked up his first offer.

"I just went into this visit thinking I'd be watching practice with my best friend, our linebacker John Creifels. I never thought I'd get an offer right then, but Coach Chow pulled me aside after practice and said he'd watched my film and was really impressed and told me the offer is on the table and I'll get an official letter on September 1st," he said.

Zwahlen, who calls Chow an "offensive guru", actually has a bit of history with the head coach.

"My dad actually played football at BYU when Norm Chow was a graduate assistant there and he actually played with with Hawaii's running backs coach, Keith Uperesa," he said.

The 6'3", 195 lb. quarterback attended camps at both UCLA and Utah when Chow was involved with the programs, and was happy to pick up his first offer, though he has no plans to rush into anything.

"I still want to keep my options open and not have tunnel vision right now. Hawaii is a great place, I just want to stay open and see where it takes me," he said.

Zwahlen also recently took a visit to Duke's campus and had the chance to talk with offensive coordinator, Kurt Roper.

"Coach Roper contacted me; he came to our school and talked to me there. I went and visited; it's a great place. They have a really nice coaching staff and a great program that's definitely on the up slope. Their offense is similar to ours in that they pass a lot and run an air raid offense. Duke's a great school academically and I'd really enjoy going there, too," he said.

Zwahlen, who currently maintains a 3.7 GPA, is also hearing from Texas Tech, Northwestern, and BYU, and is looking forward to throwing for the coaches during spring football, which begins in May.

"I think that Texas Tech, Duke, and Northwestern are coming to watch me in the spring, and I think I'll go to a few camps, but I don't have my camp schedule set 100% yet," he said.

Zwahlen may be one of the more under-the-radar quarterbacks out West this off-season, but is out to prove that he is more than capable of playing ball at the next level.

"I think my strengths are my quick decision making and my timing. I'm not as big as some of the quarterbacks out there in height or size, but I think that most of the quarterbacking job isn't with your arm, it's with your mind. I can read defenses and am accurate, too," he said.

Aside from his recruitment, Zwahlen is also looking forward to putting in the work to ensure his last season with the Knights is his best.

"It's exciting, and I still want to finish out my senior season with a bang and win our league for sure. I just want to follow through with my team and we'll see where that takes me," he said.

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