Sunday, January 23, 2005

Recruiting - Jackets nab another QB

Well, `the Jackets just received a verbal committment from Nick Barwig, a QB from the Alpharetta GA. Here's the deal. Barwig never got a major Div I offer, and he will actually join the Jackets as a preferred walk-on with a chance for a 'ship his sophomore year. Barwig is 6'5" 210lb, ran a 4.7-40, and completed 89 of 152 passes for 1,293 yards and 12 TD's. He has always liked the Jackets but will consider other offers if something big comes along before signing day. He did talk a lot with teams like Clemson, Kentucky (offered), Auburn, Illinois, S.Carolina, Alabama, Colgate and others. The offers just never came through (other than KY & Mid Tenn.). Interestingly his senior year numbers did drop off, partially as a result of a very inexperienced receiving corp as well as an inexperienced O-Line. In essense, he shortened his drop and ended up scrambling more often. For GT, it adds another big, physical QB to the mix. He's probably not a bigtime scrambler, but a drop-back type guy, which fits Chan Gailey's offense.

So, is this a good pick-up? Well, you never really know do you? I'd say that about all our recruits. But Barwig is a kid who did not go to any summer camps last year and as a result was not known by many. He flew under the radar and might have had some other offers had he attended. We all know we need some competition at the QB position, so there is no doubt this cannot hurt. Heck, we all remember a certain walk-on running back that seems to have carved out a nice little career for himself at GT (PJ Daniels).