Saturday, July 18, 2009

Connor Wood going to Texas

As football season approaches, the Second Baptist Eagles are excited about the potential that this season has. The team will be led by Senior, Connor Wood who has already verbally committed to play for the Texas Longhorns after high school. Connor is one of the top quarterbacks in the country and has done a phenomenal job leading in his time at Second.
This is a scouting report written on ESPN recently about Connor:

Wood is a very poised, confident signal-caller that is also a terrific athlete for the position. He possesses ideal size and quality arm strength and while he has the look of a pocket passer, he is much more than that when it comes to making plays. Has quick feet, gets set quickly and is agile enough to avoid pressure on a consistent basis. Buys a lot of second-chance passing opportunities with his feet and is a legitimate running threat when he breaks contain. However, he is a passer first. He shows good patience in the pocket and will go through his progression reads. Is a good ball handler. Keeps his eyes downfield when on the move and is constantly trying to find the open receiver and keep the play alive. He can throw on the run with good velocity and accuracy. Has a quick release and can beat the rush with his arm. Gets good zip on deep out throws and can fit the ball into some tight spots. He will typically show good accuracy on short-to-intermediate throws--so long as he can set his feet and step into his throws. He has shown the ability to make all the necessary throws accurately when his feet are set and when he follows through on his delivery. Wood has a bit of a gunslingers mentality which you like, but as a result he does not always get set quickly and will throw off-balance at times. On some plays he is poised and balanced and clearly in command and others lets his mechanics get a way from him a bit. Release could be more compact, as he tends to drop down and wind-up a bit on longer throws. Will take his off hand away from the ball and expose himself to being stripped and carry the ball down by his waist especially when buying time and on the move. Level of competition may not be overly strong on a consistent basis as he is clearly the best player on the field. Overall, we feel Wood has a chance to really be good down the road. He has intangibles and physical tools and has not hit his ceiling yet. Upside is very exciting and he has the traits you look for in a successful quarterback.

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