Top recruit gave up hair to be a Cougar

by | Jan. 28, 2010

Saints & Sports

It's been 13 days since La Habra High School running back Joshua Quezada sacrificed his black locks, his signature calling card reminiscent of the long curls of Pittsburgh Steelers safety Troy Polamalu. This long mane flowing out the back of his helmet was iconic as Quezada terrorized defenses last fall in Orange County en route to the California Interscholastic Federation Southern Division championship, a senior year in which he rushed for 2,114 yards and 26 touchdowns. Today, Quezada is attending classes at BYU and working out with the Cougars, having qualified for early graduation. He's sure to be one of the more interesting stories in coach Bronco Mendenhall's highly touted recruiting class of 2010. In a sense, Quezada, who is not LDS but quickly jumped to embrace BYU's strict honor code, is a textbook example of the talent Mendenhall hoped he could attract to his program when he took over in 2005. "The first time BYU talked to Josh, coach Steve Kaufusi sat him down and explained the honor code," said La Habra coach Frank Mazzotta this week. "Josh then told me, that's the thing he liked the most about BYU is the guys on the team would be similar to him."
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