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Posted: Thursday, September 30, 2010 10:39 am

Kyle Faunce needs to get away.

He and his father, Jay, have been trying to a visit to UCLA but Homecoming, Saturday practices and others factors have kept them from making the quick flight to Los Angeles.

UCLA and Stanford have both asked the Mountain Pointe junior quarterback to make a visit at one of their home games.

He has also received letters from Michigan, Florida State, Air Force and Florida State.

Faunce has been playing at the varsity level since his freshman season at Cathedral High in Indianapolis where he got called up late in the season and helped the team to the state title.

Then after the family moved to Arizona for his father's job, Faunce played a little bit as a sophomore at Scottsdale Saguaro last season.

In his first full season as a starter, Faunce is starting to grow as a player but unfortunately not as much on the measuring stick.

He is listed at 5-foot-11, 190-pounds and that doesn't exactly make quarterback coaches drool at the prospect of brining those kinds of recruits to campus.

The stigma of being too short has changed a little with the success of someone like Drew Brees and the influx of spread offenses that take advantage of athletes like Michigan's Denard Robinson.

That is not to say Faunce, who has completed 62 percent of his passes for 660 yards with five touchdowns and four interceptions, is in the mold of Brees or Robinson.

It wasn't that long ago, however, that unless a quarterback was 6-foot-4 there was no chance of finding his way to the pocket on Saturday's at a big-time Division I program.

The advent of these dual-threat quarterback driven offenses have opened out a crack into the foundation of that long-standing criteria.

And to his credit Faunce showed enough athletic ability at UCLA's camp as a wide receiver and defensive back to warrant an invite back after being asked if was willing to play another position, according to his father.

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