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High School Quarterback Attracts NFL Attention

  • 2018-07-30 17:28
  • 아시아뉴스통신=Timothy Montales 기자
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When J.T.Shrout begins his senior year at Newhall, California’s Hart High School this fall, he’ll suit up for the high school football team, same as every year.

Maybe this year he’ll get to play a full game.Shrout has been Hart’s starting quarterback only once during his high school career, during his sophomore year.He fractured a bone in his leg before the first half ended, so he didn’t get to finish that game.

It came as some surprise, therefore, when Shrout’s performance attracted so much attention from NFL coaches, assistants, and players at QB Collective, a summer training camp organized by former NFL player and coach Richmond Flowers.

QB Collective is an invitation-only camp for the most promising young quarterbacks in the United States.It’s intended to help young players pick up skills they’ll need to win championships in high school, college, and the NFL.Shrout’s performance placed him head and shoulders above the other young quarterbacks, according to NFL scouts. “I think of all the quarterbacks who were here, if I were an NFL general manager or quarterback coach, [he’d be] the guy who could step in on day one and fundamentally work within an NFL system,” said Sage Rosenfels, an experienced NFL player who coaches quarterbacks in the Omaha area. “His drop was smooth.His fundamentals were very efficient and he throws a great ball.”

Shrout’s abilities were particularly impressive because they made him stand out among a field of rising stars, including the country’s top prospects.All the top-rated players have physical advantages that should let them dominate Shrout, but they simply weren’t as skillful. “He’s the beautiful, natural-looking girl with no makeup in the corner of the room,” said Rich Bartel, a former NFL player who trains quarterbacks in Texas. “There will be a lot of other sexy people who walk in front of your eyes, but he’s the one you should marry in terms of quarterbacks.”

One reason Shrout exploded onto the scene as an unknown is that he isn’t Hart’s starting quarterback.The job belongs to Nick Moore, the brother of Miami Dolphins backup quarterback Mat Moore.Shrout might have transferred to another high school where he could play as a starter, but he decided to play on Moore’s team instead – to compete with the older player and to learn from him.

“By making this decision, you’re taking a very, very, very big chance,” said the quarterback’s father, Jim Shrout. “And making it much more difficult on yourself of getting that dream to come true and making it to a big school.”

J.T.Shrout decided to stay at Hart, working on drills and building a reputation as a wizard of quarterbacking techniques.He didn’t get to play much during his junior year, but he trained hard with the team and improved his skills.

Shrout has already committed to play at UC-Berkeley after he graduates from high school in 2018.He says he is looking forward to learning from offensive coordinator Beau Baldwin and quarterback coach Marques Tuiasosopo. “I’m excited to go play in that offense,” Shrout said. “It’s a quarterback’s dream.You get to throw it a lot.And a lot is on you.It’s going to be a lot of fun.”

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