Oklahoma and Michigan are searching to add depth at its quarterback position and one of the options both the Sooners and Wolverines are exploring includes looking at a junior college quarterback. And it looks like a target has emerged on that front for both tradition-rich programs.
Huntington Beach (Calif.) Golden West C.C. quarterback Joey Halzle will visit Oklahoma this weekend and then trip to Michigan next weekend. Wyoming is also involved and told him if he were to visit a scholarship offer would be on the table, but the opportunity to play for a program like Oklahoma is something the 6-foot-4, 215-pounder has dreamed about for a long time.
"I was just making a highlight tape and sent it out at the end of the season, and I guess Oklahoma liked what they saw," Halzle said. "They've been on me ever since then. Chuck Long was over here two nights ago, and they wanted to bring me out for an official visit. They've been talking about an offer, but after this weekend I should know what the situation is.
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"I know Oklahoma has a guy that's already there and is a starter, but they have hardly anything behind that. There is a good chance they'll offer me, and I would be honored to get an offer from a program like that."
Michigan is in a similar situation with their quarterbacks and at this point the Wolverines have yet to offer Halzle either.
"The Michigan offensive coordinator was here on Monday," Halzle said. "It's the same deal with them as it is with Oklahoma when it comes to an offer. Coach Scot Loeffler is recruiting me. He is a good guy. My family got a good feeling meeting with him and with coach long."
Heading into the visit to Norman, Halzle said he does not have a leader.
"It's pretty wide open now," Halzle said. "It's basically the same quarterback situation with both schools. They both have good players playing for them already. I want to stay open and take these visits and see what happens."
So who is Halzle, and what type of player was he?
Despite racking up solid numbers at Oaks Christian High School, Halzle was under-recruited and ended up at Golden West C.C. The team didn't have a great season, but Halzle was one of the few bright spots.
"I had a good season," he said. "I threw for close to 2,000 yards and 18 touchdowns. I'm a pro-style quarterback. I like to stay in the pocket, and I can run it if I can."
And his speed is something that has made him attractive to college coaches. At a combine this summer he was clocked at 4.58-seconds in the 40-yard dash. He also had a shuttle time of 4.3 seconds and put up 315 pounds.