I have a unique advantage over most regarding recruiting information. Some of my closest friends work the camp circuits and I’m able to glean knowledge and perspectives about the top talent in the nation from people I trust who have not only seen these prospects first hand, but worked closely with them.
I don’t always have inside info about where they are going – although sometimes I do –my connections provide me with details on how good a prospect truly is, whether he’s worthy of his ranking, how he compares to other prospects and how he might fit into different systems based on strengths and weaknesses. When it comes to most positions, I can also lean on my personal knowledge having played the game and being a developer of talent at Boost Sports Performance.
Where I don’t try to be an expert is at the QB position. I just pick up the phone and call my radio show co-host Denny Thompson. Thompson has coached quarterbacks for years, including many top FBS prospects such as Auburn’s Joey Gatewood out of the 2018 class. He has worked Elite 11 camps and knows the position frontwards and backwards.
If he tells me a kid is good or has a good skill set, it is to me the recruiting equivalent of red letters in the King James Bible. He sees all the top QBs in the nation or knows who they work with.
When FSU picked up a commitment from quarterback Sam Howell, I was mostly indifferent because I thought more of Jayden Daniels or Taisun Phommachanh.
Denny Thompson saw Howell in action and on film and changed my mind. Thompson was impressed, and since then, so have I been.
Howell has shined at every event he has attended. He’s putting in that work. It is one of the more impressive things that new FSU offensive coordinator and quarterbacks’ coach Walt Bell has been able to do in his short time in Tallahassee – getting Howell to become interested in FSU.
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