If University of Detroit Jesuit quarterback Brian Cleary is able to keep his arm fresh and live throughout the month of June, the 6-3, 190-pound signal caller could emerge with his first offers of the process. A number of coaches came through Cleary's school this spring and invited him to camp - opportunities he had trouble turning down.
"A lot of coaches said I just need to get out there and work in person with their coaches, and that's when I'll start getting the offers," Cleary said. "I start this coming Sunday, which is Toledo's first one-day camp. I will come back, play baseball for a little bit and work out some more, then I'm going to Northwestern on June 10. After that is Indiana on the 12th and I'm possibly going to Purdue."
Cleary's summer camp tour will continue with one-day camps at Bowling Green, Michigan State, Central Michigan and Harvard in late June. In between he also has 7-on-7 and team camp responsibilities with his high school squad. He may return to Northwestern for a second camp later in the summer and he will attend camps at Princeton and Penn in July.
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"My arm is going to be falling off," Cleary remarked. "If it starts hurting I may have to [slow down], but right now I am just living the dream in June."
A number of the schools on Cleary's list have high academic standards that need to be met by incoming freshmen football players, but the southeast Michigan native should have no troubles there. He holds a 4.1 GPA and has already scored a 33 on the ACT.
Northwestern is one of those schools that has higher than average academic standards for football players. It is also a program Cleary is very interested in.
"I went to that Northwestern-Illinois game at Wrigley Field and did the whole player-recruit package," Cleary said. "They haven't shown too much interest since then, but they were at the school [this spring] and we've been talking a little bit. I'm pumped to go to their one-day, show them what I can do and see what happens. If I could go to Northwestern, that would be awesome."
Cleary was very efficient as a junior, throwing for 1,450 yards and 13 touchdowns against just two interceptions in eight games.