By Jake Perper (Prep Sports Scouting)
JONES, Okla. – Scoring with both his legs and strong arm is something Jones quarterback Brandon George makes look rather easy. Fresh off his junior campaign where he totaled 4,326 yards and 47 touchdowns, George appears destined to reach those numbers in his final prep season.
The 6’1″, 200-pounder has put on 15 lbs. this off-season. He has earned four offers already from Harvard, New Mexico, Bucknell and North Texas. Interest has come via Wyoming, Wake Forest, Houston, Memphis and Colorado State.
Training and becoming a complete quarterback is something George does on a daily basis whether it is with his father Tom George in Oklahoma or with DeBartolo Sports lead quarterback instructor Joe Dickinson.
He’s been training with Dickinson for the last three years.
“It has been a great experience,” George said about training with Dickinson. “My dad reached out to him and I trained with him shortly thereafter. He saw potential and we continue to work with him.”
Dickinson calls George a great person who is also a very talented quarterback. He comes from a long line of successful quarterbacks at Jones. Dickinson expects George to have a huge senior year.
Transferring from Clay High School in Green Cove Springs, Florida after his freshman season due to his dad’s job, George became the starter right away at Jones. He says that he played a bit with some great talent at Clay. George loves playing in Jones’ high-tempo offense, but calls Oklahoma football a little bit slower overall.
George’s brother Nick is entering his second season as an offensive lineman at Central Florida. Brandon and his father are very close. He says his dad has coached him since he started played at age 8, so the time spent together is normal.
“It’s business when I’m on the football field. We have a different relationship on the field than at home.”
Tom is the quarterbacks coach at Jones and a quarterbacks coach for DeBartolo. He says the relationship that him and his son Brandon have is summed up by this, “leadership, like coaching, is fighting for the hearts and souls of men and getting them to believe in you.”
George won the Rivals quarterback challenge earlier this year in Dallas, Texas and competed in the final event in Baltimore, Maryland last month. He says he learned a lot from great coaches and couldn’t ask for more by competing with the top quarterbacks in the nation.
Entering his third year as the starter under center for the Longhorns, George calls it a blessing to have such great players around him.
“It’s about the team and it can’t happen without them.”
George says he gained the confidence he has today right out of the gates as a freshman simply because he was playing with some of the best talent at Clay.
“My brother always told me to have confidence, not to be cocky but stay humble.”
Last season, Jones advanced to the 3A state semifinal but lost to Lincoln Christian 39-14. Going 13-1, George did all he could passing for 3,324 yards and rushing for 1,002 more yards.
“It was an exciting season and we proved a lot of people wrong. We’re going to come back strong.”
The second game of the season marks a rematch against Lincoln Christian as Jones plays host to them. George says “they [Lincoln Christian] are a great team, but we are going to come back with everything we got.”
Playing for longtime Jones head coach Dave Martin is something George calls great. Martin has had only one losing season since taking over as the man in charge in 2008.
“He’s definitely enthusiastic, always hyped and on go. He’s just a great leader and definitely a person I look up to. Not everything is about football he makes it more than that.”
In terms of his biggest strengths, George says his intelligence on the field in terms of slowing the game down and checking at the line of scrimmage into a read option is big for him. He is a true dual-threat quarterback.
He wants to continue to improve on his leadership skills and ability to take control of the field.
From a football standpoint, George calls Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson his biggest role model.
“I’ve been called an undersized quarterback and he’s a person to definitely to go prove people wrong. He was never on top and he’s an underdog.”
Thinking about the season ahead, George’s main task is taking home a state title. After that, he is looking forward to going to college and earning and a good degree.
“I don’t really think of going to college that has the biggest name. I think about going to a college that’s going to be best of me long term.”
More offers are going to be coming George’s way in the coming months. He can sling it with the best of them and has the ability to break downfield for a big chunk of yards with his legs more often than not.
George is highly talented and should make for a solid dual-threat option quarterback at the next level.
Favorite player to watch – quarterback Peyton Manning
Playlist before games – Designer and Drake
Favorite movies – Friday Night Lights
Fun fact about you that nobody knows – “In my heart if I wasn’t a quarterback, I’d play receiver.”
Nickname from friends or teammates – “BG”