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Old 05-22-2017, 11:43 AM   #21
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He wasn't getting drafted high out of high school, that was simply hype from a showcase service system that his family spent thousands of dollars on.

That same service literally had several hundred HS players alone ranked ahead of him. The difference was they weren't being recruited to play QB at a SEC program.

And it had nothing to do with whether or not "the baseball coach knows what the hell hes doing.". He wasn't ready to play at this level. His BA was .100, he was struggling in workouts, and wasn't standing out on an otherwise struggling team.

Hope everything works out for him, maybe getting away from home and expectations will make a difference. His mom didn't do him any favors, which might explain why he's going to the West Coast instead of transferring somewhere closer to home.

Think about that...there are tons of options he could've taken on the East Coast, and he's going to California?
I thought he turned down $1 million to play college football??
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Good luck to him. With time he might turn out to be a QB. Most kids aren't ready to go their freshman year. Guess we'll see.
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That is very true and could be the case here. But it doesn't explain his passing. On his high school tape, he could sling it pretty good. His passes here were very weak though. How does the college ball compare to what's used in high school?
Good point. I watched his HUDL tape and he could put some touch on the ball in high school. Once he got here every throw looked like a baseball throw. Maybe it was just freshman nerves. I know that when you are nervous the big muscles (back and thigh) lock up and athletes compensate with the smaller muscles which hurts the release. I think there was just too much pressure on him. But he would always have been the back up here and I think he wants to go somewhere he can start.

California is sure a long way from Pennsylvania though.
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Good point. I watched his HUDL tape and he could put some touch on the ball in high school. Once he got here every throw looked like a baseball throw. Maybe it was just freshman nerves. I know that when you are nervous the big muscles (back and thigh) lock up and athletes compensate with the smaller muscles which hurts the release. I think there was just too much pressure on him. But he would always have been the back up here and I think he wants to go somewhere he can start.

California is sure a long way from Pennsylvania though.
With us going after Joyner it would be doubtful he'd see any real playing time. I have to say it seems like he harbours no ill will against Carolina. Most of it probably came from his mom which is why he's looking to go somewhere far from Pennsylvania.
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Too bad it didn't work out for him here in either sport. Different time, maybe. Best wishes on a successful career.
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Cal has had some recent luck with getting QBs drafted
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He could've helped if he was full time baseball but didn't get enough reps due to football to be able to contribute.
we will see him again on the diamond. He will have his chance at redemption. Hope we will be up for the task.
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I don't really see him turning it around on the football field. Going to Cal won't make him taller or have a stronger arm.

He should get a good shot to show what he can do on the diamond though.
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I don't really see him turning it around on the football field. Going to Cal won't make him taller or have a stronger arm.

He should get a good shot to show what he can do on the diamond though.
This. He needs to forget about football and concentrate on baseball.
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This. He needs to forget about football and concentrate on baseball.
We would not be saying that if he stayed here, and certainly not if Bentley had not played so well. We would be saying "why waste time on baseball?".

He will not ever be tall, really fast or have a strong arm, but the same can be said of Russell Wilson. With some better talent around him (which he would have had in the Second Half of last season here) and a little more seasoning (which he will have with a transfer year, he could be pretty darn good.

If anything, he looked more prepared to be a star in football than baseball while he was here.
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