Who will be the future Boise State quarterback of the future? Scout.com has some suggestions. Its list of Boise State prospects currently features four high schoolers who are drawing interest from the Broncos. Let's meet them, shall we?
Cooper Bateman is a four-star quarterback from Salt Lake City's Cottonwood High School, so of course Utah and BYU are in the running. In addition to an offer from the Broncos, Bateman apparently also has offers from Arkansas, Auburn, Florida, and - just for kicks and giggles - Utah State.
Bateman is a pro-style quarterback who stands 6'3", 190 pounds, so ... a foot taller than Nick Patti? My math may be off on that. At any rate, here are highlights from Bateman's sophomore season during which he was obviously very good.
Stephen Johnson from Los Osos High School in Rancho Cucamonga, California, had himself a good enough junior year (1900 yards passing, 400 rushing) to warrant interest from pretty much every school out west and, somehow, Penn. He is tall and lanky, like a lot of high school juniors or like anyone from the Kaepernick genus. Here is Johnson doing his thing last season. His thing, for those of you curious, appears to be tossing touchdown bombs with a flick of the wrist.
Herman Smith is a 6'4", 200-pound QB from Las Vegas's Desert Oasis High School. That's a big quarterback, or a tank when Boise State strength and conditioning coach Tim Socha gets his hands on him. He's another pro-style prospect who is flying somewhat low under the radar (Boise State's favorite fly zone) with no offers yet and interest from Arizona State, Oregon State, and Washington State, among other, lesser, Chris-Ault-coached schools.
Last but not least is Aaron Zwahlen from Thomas Downey HS in Modesto, California. He threw for nearly 3,000 yards and 30 touchdowns last year, and now he's being pursued by all the major players out West and some, like West Virgina, out East. Like the other three, Zwahlen is a pro-style QB who throws a very pretty deep ball. Witness:
Bonus fifth option!
Of course, Boise State could very well have its eye on a quarterback not on this list. That's typically how Bronco recruiting rolls. Don't be surprised if these 200 words are all for naught come recruiting season.
Which one of these four QBs would you like to see in Bronco blue and orange? Share your thoughts in the comments.