Jarrett Solomon has been a spectacular quarterback at Las Vegas (Nev.) Bishop Gorman for a couple years already but he's also been young which means he made some mistakes.
This past weekend he showed coach Tony Sanchez just how much his mental game has improved.
With Bishop Gorman up a couple touchdowns late in its game against Scottsdale (Ariz.) Chaparral, Solomon decided to run for the first down instead of risking a pass, maybe a small step but monumental in the development of a big-time 2013 quarterback.
"The biggest thing was toward the end of the game when he ran a naked (bootleg) and he tucked it instead of throwing it," Sanchez said.
"I said, 'There he is, he's gotten it.' He's not going to throw the ball and he did a great job. He's not a selfish kid. He understands how we have to win a big ball game and we have to run the rock but to see that poise right there for him to look and point up field.
"He knows he has the first down, he knows we're going to keep on moving the ball and have a chance to win the game. That's a huge decision for a quarterback. That was a huge maturity switch right there."
Solomon, a 6-foot, 202-pound prospect, finished 8 of 14 passing for 116 yards and one touchdown in Gorman's 42-22 victory. The game plan was to pound the ball with running back Shaquille Powell, who had 303 rushing yards and six total touchdowns.
It was Solomon's leadership, especially at halftime when Bishop Gorman trailed by a touchdown, that stood out most to Sanchez.
"It's huge," Sanchez said. "We go into halftime and we have a touchdown called back and we're down at halftime and so most teams get deflated.
"He said, 'We've been here before, we've lifted a lot of weights and did a lot of running. Let's run the ball and get it back to 0-0,' and then we got the onsides kick and then it really went well."
Solomon emerged on the national radar as a freshman when he finished with 2,108 passing yards with 20 touchdowns and five interceptions. In his sophomore season, he totaled 2,412 yards with 41 scores and five picks.