There was a swarm of commits. First it was Alexander Diamont—Indiana. Then it was Travis Smith—Toledo. Next up was David Cornwell—Alabama. Following him was Landon Root—Northern Illinois. Rounding it out was Rafe Peavey—University of Arkansas.
All five of these quarterbacks committed to Division 1 College football programs within days of each other. Here’s a short background on each of these young athletes:
Diamont will enter his senior year this fall at Venice High School in Southern California. He has been training to be a quarterback since elementary school and his hard work is paying off. He recently committed to Indiana University, a decision he said he made because he wanted to get the “big school college town” experience. (http://scoop.hoosiershq.com/2013/06/report-l-a-quarterback-commits-to-indiana/)
Coach D’s thoughts: “Alexander is a very athletic, talented quarterback. He can really spin it out of his hand—he has a very quick release. He threw for a ton of yards [2,977] as a junior, leading his team to a lot of wins with some late game heroics. I’ve known him since he was 11… he loves the game.”
Not many quarterbacks can say they have the record that Smith has. This dual-threat quarterback has taken his high school team to three state championships and won them all. With 42 games won in a row, there’s no question how this athlete has already committed. His school of choice: the University of Toledo.
Coach D’s thoughts: “He has won every high school game he has been the starting quarterback for—three-time state champion! That says a ton about him. He’s a very smooth operator and he deserves all of the Division 1 offers he’s received, though he’s committed to Toledo.”
The first recipient of a “golden ticket” to this year’s Elite 11 competition, Cornwell has had people talking for a while. He enters his senior season of high school football standing at 6’5” 230 lbs. His size, however, is certainly matched by his skill. His commit to the University of Alabama has all eyes on him as the favorite to win at the Elite 11 competition that concludes on July 3.
Coach D’s thoughts: “David is the top-rated pocket-passer in the country. He has great size but he can also play the game with his feet. He’s a great scrambler. He has a big time arm. I hope he can win the Elite 11 competition.”
Root began his high school football career on a great note—an undefeated freshman season. Since then, he’s put in hard work on and off the field to separate himself from the pack and prove his worth as a quarterback. His intelligence is an asset that distinguishes him from most other quarterbacks his age, and is surely one of the reasons Northern Illinois University is looking forward to having this 2014 commit as part of the team.
Coach D’s thoughts: “One of the most athletic quarterbacks I have ever worked with. He’s very fast for his size. He’s just coming into his own, I believe, because he has been a 3-sport athlete through his high school career.”
Peavey initially committed to Arkansas in June of 2012, but took some time over the past year to re-evaluate his options. With a new Arkansas coaching staff and more interest than ever rolling in, he had a big decision to make. He eventually decided to stick with the University of Arkansas, a great match for Peavey's skills.
Coach D's thoughts: "Rafe is a very talented QB that comes from a family with a strong athletic background. He’s strong and hardworking… a very good foot athlete. He has the arm strength that you need to make all the throws. When I work with him, he’s all ears, ready to learn and improve."