There was never any doubt that Aleksander Torgersen (Huntington Beach, Calif./Edison) would be able to use his brain to get to college. But the outstanding student with a 4.2 grade point average and test scores good enough for just about any school in the country is proving this year that the next level could be attainable based on his athletic ability as well.
After sitting behind Chase Favreau, who is taking a greyshirt year at San Diego State, Torgersen stepped into the starting quarterback spot this year and has the Chargers out to a 4-1 record. He said several Ivy League schools have started to show interest.
"It's starting to pick up because I actually have some film to show schools now," Torgersen said.
Brown, Columbia, Harvard and Yale are schools getting involved in his recruitment.
"They've all had pretty positive reactions [to the film]," Torgersen said. "I want to pursue my career as an engineer -- I'm thinking bio-chemical something. I know football won't be there my whole life, so I want to pursue something else and get a great education."
As for his hot start on the field -- leading his team to wins against California schools Villa Park, Anaheim Servite and San Clemente -- Torgersen said it's something to which he has looked forward for the past few years.
"It's been fun," he said. "To be out there playing football with my friends on Friday nights, what more could you ask for?"