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BobZag
01-31-2007, 04:23 PM
http://www.greatfallstribune.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2007701310329

He has received more hype at an earlier age than did Larry Krystkowiak, Jack Gillespie, Ed Kalafat and Ray Kuka, all former Treasure State hoop legends who played professional basketball.

He has earned more honors sooner in his prep career than did Ryan Leaf, Dave Dickenson and John Leister, former Montana quarterbacks who played pro football.

Kalispell super sophomore Brock Osweiler, perhaps the most ballyhooed combination of football-basketball talent in the history of Big Sky Country prep athletics, is no stranger to scrutiny.

"You read a lot of things and you hear a lot of people talking," he said. "But you just have to stick close to your roots and listen to your family and the people you trust. Plus you have to have a plan of where you're going, I guess."

Osweiler is almost certainly headed for the big-time. The 6-foot-8, 225-pounder announced last June that he will accept a basketball scholarship from Gonzaga University when he graduates from high school. That's still a couple of years away.

"It's 100 percent firm. That's where I'm going," Osweiler said a few weeks ago before his Flathead High Braves defeated the host C.M. Russell High Rustlers in a basketball game in Great Falls.

No Montana athlete had ever before made a verbal commitment to a basketball or football scholarship offer at such a young age. Osweiler's pledge, no doubt in part because of the novelty of a 15-year-old making such an announcement, became a news story that was reported by various national media outlets, including ESPN Radio.

"There are a lot of expectations," Osweiler said, "but that's a good thing. You have to set goals and it all makes you work that much harder."

When Osweiler entered the CMR Fieldhouse, his thoughts turned to his father, John.

John Osweiler graduated from CMR about 25 years ago. The 6-foot-4 athlete played football for the Rustlers.

"Pretty good player," said Jack Osweiler, a retired Great Falls police officer who is Brock's grandfather. "He had the size for basketball, but just played football."

Jack still resides in the Electric City, along with other family member. He is an alumnus of Great Falls High, as is Brock's mother, Kathy (Brackney).

"John and Kathy used to kid each other when they were in high school, you know, because of the rivalry," said Jack. "And I'm an old Bison myself."

It's an obvious conflict of interest for the Osweilers of Great Falls when Brock and the Kalispell boys take on the Rustlers. It's even worse when Flathead meets the Bison. That will be the case Feb. 10 in Kalispell as Montana State-bound Bobby Howard and the defending state champion Great Falls High team takes on the Braves.

"That," said Jack, "will be quite a game. There's some real dandy athletes over there at Great Falls High. But now I have to root for Kalispell."

It's probably unfair to compare a player like Osweiler, who turned 16 on Nov. 22, with senior stars such as the dynamic 6-7 Howard and Glendive's 6-10 Derek Selvig, who has signed with the University of Montana. But the numbers don't lie: As a freshman Osweiler averaged 17 points, 10 rebounds, 4 assists and 2.5 steals; this season he's getting about 17 points and 11 rebounds per game while shooting 58 percent from the field.

Among other Class AA players, only Howard is averaging a double-double.

"He's blessed with a talent," said Jack.

Runs in the family, perhaps?

"I don't know," Jack laughed. "I played a little intramural basketball in high school, but in those days it was more of a rough-and-tumble game. In football, I played for the Bisons, but I wasn't anything like Brock."

The prodigy was a varsity quarterback as a freshman at Flathead High, the largest high school in the state. Last fall as a sophomore, Brock displayed an especially strong arm and was named first-team All-State after throwing for 2,454 yards and 22 touchdowns.

Leaf, Dickenson and Leister all former CMR superstar quarterbacks didn't even play varsity football until they were juniors.

So why the quick commitment to Gonzaga, which doesn't offer football?

"I've had some football schools call me, and tons of them for basketball," Brock said. "The Pac-10, Big 12, Big 10, anywhere .... I had to sit down a lot when this (Gonzaga) offer came up and compare football with basketball. Me and my family and coaches all thought that basketball would probably be the better route. There's lots of things I need to work on in basketball. I really need to make more time to work on basketball during football season."

On a January Saturday morning at CMR Brock was friendly when a stranger approached with a notepad. "Sure," he responded to an interview request. "What do you want to know?"

It's that friendly disposition that really pleases his grandfather.

"He's a pretty good student and he's very considerate of others," Jack said. "Brock doesn't really have a big head about him, he just plays the game."

Playing ball in the home town of his parents is always a special event.

"You try to represent them the best way you can," Brock said. "Whenever you come here to Great Falls to play football or basketball, you know there's going to be a lot of people watching."

It's that way all over Montana. With a reputation that precedes him, Brock is somewhat of a marked man in gyms throughout his home state.

"Last year in Butte (at the State AA basketball tournament), it got pretty rough," Jack said. "Brock took some pretty good licks. But the kid takes it all in stride. I guess he figures what will be will be. He's really quite a kid, but there are an awful lot of great kids playing ball all over Montana."

Next year Brock will be faced with another decision, when a new high school Glacier High opens in the Flathead Valley.

"It's going to be a great thing," said Brock.

Head football coach Grady Bennett, the former Montana Grizzly star quarterback, is leaving his post at Flathead to build the new program at Glacier. Does that mean this is Brock's last year at Flathead High?

"I'm not too sure about that," Brock said. "I've been a Brave going on three years. I've sunk into that and I don't want to learn to hate them. It's not 100 percent, but there's a pretty high percentage that I'll be going to Flathead."

After that, it's on to Gonzaga.

And then?

"You never know," said Jack. "Injuries and stuff. But I really think he could go far."

ZagNative
02-04-2007, 04:55 PM
Fun to read, but, boy, it's a long wait for that young man's turn on Boone Avenue. It must seem that way to him, too, but I'll bet he squeezes in a few fun teen-age times between now and fall of 2009.

WallaWallaZag
02-04-2007, 06:26 PM
...hope he squeezes in a few more inches and pounds too =).

mendiant
02-04-2007, 06:37 PM
At just 15 years of age, I expect he will grow at least three more inches between now and his freshman year.

What impresses me the most is what a great kid he seems to be based on this interview.

Sounds like a great family as well...Zag material for sure.

GDaleZag
02-05-2007, 09:25 AM
"It's 100 percent firm. That's where I'm going," Osweiler said


That's always reassuring to read. Of course if Sampson gets word of this kid we may have some trouble. :eek:

NEZAGFAN
04-30-2008, 07:53 PM
http://www.greatfallstribune.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2007701310329

Osweiler is almost certainly headed for the big-time. The 6-foot-8, 225-pounder announced last June that he will accept a basketball scholarship from Gonzaga University when he graduates from high school. That's still a couple of years away.

"It's 100 percent firm. That's where I'm going," Osweiler said a few weeks ago before his Flathead High Braves defeated the host C.M. Russell High Rustlers in a basketball game in Great Falls.

Hmmm..:(

Just A Zag
04-30-2008, 07:58 PM
wow this is pretty heartbreaking

MDABE80
04-30-2008, 08:05 PM
Doesn't wanna be here, it's best he rolls. Best wishes. Nice kid and nice family. I don't think this is too good for him. If you knew Erickson, you'd know that he could talk an Eskimo into ordering ice. Hope this works out for the young Brock. If it doesn't he'll hopefully be back to the NW.

MBZags
04-30-2008, 10:32 PM
As complimentary as the article is, it never is good to be mentioned in the same sentence as Ryan Leaf.

ZagNut08
04-30-2008, 10:37 PM
too bad he didn't grow those extra two inches. would have made it difficult to choose football, and made him all the better on the hardwood.

BobZag
05-01-2008, 09:28 AM
Well, I finally have a team to root for in college football. Erickson will have a powerhouse in Tempe. He did what no other coaches could do in the histories of Idaho and Oregon State. Just at Idaho he had Ken Hobert, Scott Linehan, Rick Sloan and John Friesz for QBs. He had NCs and a Heisman Trophy winner. Last year his ASU squad was one play away at UO from first-place in the Pac-10. His second year at OSU his team was arguably the best team in the nation.

Good choice, Brock. And good luck. Brock will be a star.

Reborn
05-01-2008, 10:52 AM
A great choice, and he went about it in a very mature way. I too wish him the only the best. He seems like a great guy. I feel let down because I've followed him closely on this board. I thought he had so much to bring to GU, and I really wanted to see him play in a Zag uni. It's a big loss for us, but a big win for him. And in the end that's the important thing. In the end I'm sure we'll fing the "right" guy who'll be a great Zag.

sonuvazag
05-01-2008, 11:58 AM
I'm not an in-the-know recruiting guy, but, to the gurus, does it seem like Brock gave GU enough time to adjust to this decision?

Reborn
05-01-2008, 12:16 PM
I'm not a recruiting guru either, only a fan. However, I think he's given GU enough time to adjust to his decision. He's given us a whole year, which is a heck of a lot better then telling us next year sometime...say after his football season.

brian_sun
05-01-2008, 04:12 PM
BobZag: did you forget he won not 1, but 2 National Championships with Miami, with one of them actually shared with UW in 91? I remembered that UW team vividly with Spokane boy Emtman anchoring that D Line. Too bad, there wasn't a BCS championship game that season, and if there was one, I am pretty sure my UW team will give his Miami team a good beat down.

But my recollection of Erickson was pretty much the days he coached the Seahawks. He was so terrible. So I thought he was a terrible coach. But obviously, he's found more success in the college rank.

But for Brock to make a committment to ASU at this point, he's got to look at the history. Does Dennis Erickson have a good history of developing good QB's? I don't think so. He was terrible developing QB with the Seahawks, and he didn't do any better in SF. Name me 1 QB that was successful under Erickson. Even with those powerful Miami teams, QB plays were not a strength. To me, Brock would be better going to a school like Boise State, or Hawaii which have a system of developing great QBs. I think Brock only look at ASU's record the past year, and feel Erickson has all the recruiting tools he needs to build the ASU program to the late 80's, early 90's Miami program. But as long as Pete Carroll is in USC, ASU will never out-recruit USC. ASU football will always be the 2nd best program in the PAC 10. I don't think ASU is the Miami of the Erickson days. I don't think he choose the wrong sports, but I think he chooses the wrong coach.


Well, I finally have a team to root for in college football. Erickson will have a powerhouse in Tempe. He did what no other coaches could do in the histories of Idaho and Oregon State. Just at Idaho he had Ken Hobert, Scott Linehan, Rick Sloan and John Friesz for QBs. He had NCs and a Heisman Trophy winner. Last year his ASU squad was one play away at UO from first-place in the Pac-10. His second year at OSU his team was arguably the best team in the nation.

Good choice, Brock. And good luck. Brock will be a star.

LongIslandZagFan
05-01-2008, 06:18 PM
Doesn't wanna be here, it's best he rolls. Best wishes. Nice kid and nice family. I don't think this is too good for him. If you knew Erickson, you'd know that he could talk an Eskimo into ordering ice. Hope this works out for the young Brock. If it doesn't he'll hopefully be back to the NW.

Give it a rest Abe.. just because he chose football over basketball doesn't mean he didn't love GU. I suspect he'll be a lifelong Zag fan.

Best of luck to him.

BobZag
05-01-2008, 06:50 PM
BobZag: did you forget he won not 1, but 2 National Championships with Miami, with one of them actually shared with UW in 91? I remembered that UW team vividly with Spokane boy Emtman anchoring that D Line. Too bad, there wasn't a BCS championship game that season, and if there was one, I am pretty sure my UW team will give his Miami team a good beat down.

But my recollection of Erickson was pretty much the days he coached the Seahawks. He was so terrible. So I thought he was a terrible coach. But obviously, he's found more success in the college rank.

But for Brock to make a committment to ASU at this point, he's got to look at the history. Does Dennis Erickson have a good history of developing good QB's? I don't think so. He was terrible developing QB with the Seahawks, and he didn't do any better in SF. Name me 1 QB that was successful under Erickson. Even with those powerful Miami teams, QB plays were not a strength. To me, Brock would be better going to a school like Boise State, or Hawaii which have a system of developing great QBs. I think Brock only look at ASU's record the past year, and feel Erickson has all the recruiting tools he needs to build the ASU program to the late 80's, early 90's Miami program. But as long as Pete Carroll is in USC, ASU will never out-recruit USC. ASU football will always be the 2nd best program in the PAC 10. I don't think ASU is the Miami of the Erickson days. I don't think he choose the wrong sports, but I think he chooses the wrong coach.

John Friesz had a nice career in the NFL. Scott Linehan is an NFL head coach and a premier offensive coordinator in the NFL. Kenny Hobert chose the USFL but would've had a shot at the NFL. How'd Holmgren do his first 4 years at Seattle while having complete roster control? Compare the records. Look it up. I don't give a rat's arse about UW. Erickson is a premier college coach. Drop back passers who can buy time are his specialty, that's Brock. He took a Central Washington University QB and turned the D2 QB into a NFL starter who is still starting today.

kyle dixon
05-01-2008, 07:45 PM
As much as I have a hard time with Dennis Erickson, he wins games. Congrats Brock and best of luck to the Sun Devils.

I really liked the idea of Brock joining the Zags in that 4 role. However I feel some good vibrations with recruits and wisdom from our strong moderators who are indicating something big shortly. I will leave it short and leave it to the great Father Tony who once said, "The Best is Yet to come."


Go Zags-

Dixon

mendiant
05-02-2008, 08:05 PM
Wish the very best for Brock...

I was very dissappointed to read that he would not be with us physically in 2009....

But I suspect that he will be a big GU BB fan while at ASU.

Many virtual hugs to Brock...

love,
mendiant