2008 Highland Springs, Va. quarterback Matthew Hurdle is already starting to receive interest from colleges. The 6-foot-3, 170-pounder is beginning to get looks from some of the top teams in the country.
"I'm getting a lot of letters from Virginia, Maryland, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Penn State, Notre Dame, North Carolina State and others," he said. "I didn't really grow up a fan of any one school, but I did go to camps at NC State, North Carolina and Virginia this summer.
"The Virginia camp was very good. The coaches were very helpful for me and they are very open to teaching you. I even was able to talk to Al Groh a bit and he's a good guy."
With no clear favorites, what is Hurdle looking for out of a school?
"The first thing I want is an education. I'm going to look at the majors because I want to go into sports medicine or architecture," he said. "Then I'm going to see if I fit in with the atmosphere there. Finally, I'll also check out the coaches and rosters to see about playing time. I am looking for those qualifications and whether a school is close or far doesn't really matter to me."
Last season the Commonwealth prospect threw for 1,914 yards, 14 touchdowns and 12 interceptions. He added eight touchdowns rushing on his way to all-metro honors.
"I think I'm a solid pocket passer that is good at reading defenses, but I continue to get better at that as I get older," he stated. "I do still need to work on my accuracy and taking the game slower. I have to wait for the window to open up more because sometimes I rush things.
"Based on what I've seen this season already, I'm grasping stuff much quicker. My patience is better and the game is getting easier for me."