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NEZAGFAN
04-26-2008, 03:41 PM
FORT WORTH, Texas At Friday's Elite 11 Quarterback Camp at TCU, there was no missing Brock Osweiler. At 6-foot-7 Osweiler would stand out in any setting, except maybe a basketball court. He is beginning to come to that realization too.


Brock Osweiler has a strong arm and good feet at 6-foot-7.
Osweiler's presence at the workout was notable for several reasons. While there was one other prospect in attendance at 6-foot-7-plus, there were no other players that hailed from Montana. There were also no other prospects on display that already boast commitments in basketball.

As a freshman in high school, Osweiler committed to play basketball for Gonzaga. However over the past two seasons, he has begun to lean towards a football career in the college ranks instead.

"My freshman year I kind of grew up on the basketball scene and it wasn't until my sophomore year where I did some good stuff as far as football and that's kind of when it started happening," explained Osweiler.

Could two sports be in the works for Osweiler?

"The idea has come out with a couple of schools," he said. "Stanford, it's an idea. Arizona State has kind of thrown it around but right now I'm just leaning towards one sport. I'll probably make a decision whether it's football or stick with Gonzaga probably in the next couple of weeks."

Osweiler isn't just a kid with a football dream either. The strong-armed prospect already has three major offers to his credit: Stanford, Arizona State and Washington State. He has had some interest from some major programs from the Southeast as well.

"Jimbo Fisher from Florida State is coming up to visit on the 12th," he said. "Alabama just called me and they're really interested and they're going to come up to Montana too. Florida State's always kind of been my dream school. It's just kind of ironic that they got in touch with my coach after my sophomore year. It's just been great talking to them and getting to know them. I look forward to seeing what's going to happen with that."

Osweiler's appearances at workouts like the Elite 11 camp may be limited by his hectic basketball schedule. He was able to workout at TCU due to a fortuitous scheduling coincidence that allowed him to be in the Dallas area for an AAU tournament.

"I'm actually down here right now playing basketball," he said. "I play for the Portland Legends. Kyle Singler played for that team and Kevin Love. I'm doing the whole AAU circuit."

With such a big frame and basketball athleticism, Osweiler has a very high ceiling if he were to begin focusing on football and he understands the kind of upside he possesses.

"The biggest thing is that basketball is easier to play year round," he said. "Football, I think there's a lot of untapped potential. So I'm just excited to see what comes in the future."

The Montana native hopes to limit his school choices to two or three by the summer and play things from there. Then he hopes to continue to impress when the pads are on, since he will have limited opportunities to do so in camp settings.

"I'm more of a guy that just gets it on the field," he said. "That's where I separate myself from others. Overall I'm a leader. I'm able to read coverages and make adjustments at the line."

As he continues to lean towards the gridiron for his college future, Osweiler recruitment may just now be getting started.

MBZags
04-26-2008, 05:31 PM
Sigh...that hurts.

roxdoc
04-26-2008, 06:05 PM
Is he 6' - 7 or 6'-8? Is he done growing?

Quarterback injuries a dime a dozen. Then the silver tongued QB recruiters will be on the road in a heartbeat to find your replacement. Good luck to the young man for what ever (and where ever) he does, but if I was his dad I would be apprehensive.

CaliforniaZaggin'
04-26-2008, 07:16 PM
I don't know many people that'd turn down a scholarship to be QB at Stanford. I'd love to see him as a Zag, but I think everyone would understand and be happy for him if he chose football.

MDABE80
04-26-2008, 10:46 PM
He sounds little stuck on himself. Maybe the quotes are out of context and not exact...... I honestly can't remember one of our recruits portrayed like this. Doesn't sound like one of our guys........

kjstoph1
04-27-2008, 08:21 AM
He sounds little stuck on himself. Maybe the quotes are out of context and not exact...... I honestly can't remember one of our recruits portrayed like this. Doesn't sound like one of our guys........

Get used to it, Abe- in the age of the internet the recruiting 'gurus' interview these kids with leading questions that take them down the path of appearing conceited and self-serving.

Not many 17 year olds are media savvy and come off sounding boastful.

LynetteG
04-27-2008, 10:55 AM
Get used to it, Abe- in the age of the internet the recruiting 'gurus' interview these kids with leading questions that take them down the path of appearing conceited and self-serving.

Not many 17 year olds are media savvy and come off sounding boastful.

exactly...plus never believe what you see in print. the media has a way of putting slants on things to stir the ###, or to try to sway interest in some kind of direction.

Frazzle
04-28-2008, 12:19 PM
He didn't sound that conceited to me.

Apart from saying he has untapped football potential (product of living in snowy Montana and not being able to play football year round) and that he is a leader (good trait) and just gets it on the field (again, good), I don't see the big deal. He is just a talented and confident high school kid. I would still welcome him with open arms if he wants to play basketball at Gonzaga.

NorthWestZag
04-28-2008, 04:04 PM
I support whatever he chooses. If you are a QB at a Pac-10 school, you are bi man on campus. I think Stanford QB spot would be hard to turn down. Also Arizona State is starting to do good things with their football program. If Brock does choose to pursuit is football career, I can't blame him.

MDABE80
04-28-2008, 04:39 PM
I agree it's good to be confient but you're usually NOT supposed to say this stuff about yourself. Somebody else can say it but not the person who talks himself up. Sound a wee bit prideful/boastful....neither attractive descriptors. BUT it all might be the media people building something up. It happens. No doubt we'd welcome him at GU though.

BroncoZAG615
04-28-2008, 04:50 PM
Every high recruit coming out of high school is asked to describe their game and what they can bring to the game. Look at Rivals and Scout and most of them have quotables that can be misconstrued as "cocky statemets" It is very usual for kids to say these things about themselves, it's part of the process.

And I doubt the media has a strong bias against a QB out of Montana. It's a recruit describing his game. They're supposed to embellish their strenghts and squash their weaknesses in these quotes.

ZagNative
04-29-2008, 10:49 AM
Don't want to see Brock knocked, but this gave me a bit of hope we might still have a chance to see the young man from Kalispell in a Zag uni yet, as this talent evaluator for Scout, Inc. ESPN Recruit Tracker (http://sports.espn.go.com/ncaa/recruiting/football/news/story?id=3371555) has Brock's stock going down as a quarterback:
FORT WORTH, Texas -- The first round of regional Elite 11 quarterback combines kicked off with another Nike Football Training Camp (NFTC). The turnout for both events was solid, though not as many upper-echelon prospects were in attendance as expected.
We were really interested to see the 6-foot-8, 230-pound Osweiler in person, as his stock among college coaches on the West Coast has been rising the past couple of months. That said, the accomplished basketball player with outstanding size may find his future lies on the hard court and not between the white lines. His height is easy to become enamored with, but he displayed marginal arm strength at best and did not show the kind of accuracy necessary for a pocket passer. Granted, this was one camp session with unfamiliar wide receivers, but Osweiler is a project, to say the least.