BYU's latest quarterback recruit says he decided to play for the Cougars because - surprise! - they pass.

But that wasn't the only reason.John Walsh of Carson High School in Los Angeles recently said he will sign with the Cougars on the official signing date, Feb. 6. He makes his first visit to Provo Friday.

Walsh was vigorously pursued by several major colleges, including Miami, Florida State, USC and Washington. His primary recruiting contact at BYU was Y. defensive coordinator Dick Felt, and Walsh liked what he heard from the Cougars.

"I picked BYU because the coaches were truthful with me, and because coach Edwards seems like a very nice guy," the quarterback said. "The quarterback situation looks good for me."

The "quarterback situation" is that Heisman Trophy winner Ty Detmer has one more season to play. That would give Walsh three years to play after Detmer leaves, four if he redshirts next season.

Walsh also said he likes what he's seen of the BYU passing attack. "BYU runs an offense similar to what we ran here," he said. "We lined up with one back, with double wings (two receivers) on either side of the field, and we just passed it. We threw probably 75 percent of the time."

Walsh transferred to Carson for his senior season after starting at West Torrance High as a junior. He threw for 1,700 yards and 17 touchdowns at West Torrance, reaching the Los Angeles city 4A semifinals.

His arrival at Carson made that school the Los Angeles Times' preseason favorite to win the 4A - the city's classification for its biggest schools - title. Carson coach Gene Vollnogle said before the season started that Walsh was just what the Colts needed.

"He seems like a natural for our offense," Vollnogle said. "He is tall, with a quick release, and understands what is happening out there."

Vollnogle couldn't have been more right. The 6-foot-4, 210-pound Walsh set California single-season records with 4,206 yards last season as Carson went 12-1 and won the 4A championship. He threw for 48 touchdowns while completing 229 of 388 passes (59 percent), and he passed for more than 300 yards in eight games.