There are a lot of items that go into what makes a quarterback successful on all levels. There are the obvious things such as intelligence, arm strength, footwork and leadership qualities, but one thing that sometimes gets overlooked is toughness, both mental and physical grit.
Tyler Shreve (6-4, 215, 4.7) from Redlands (Calif.) Redlands East Valley (REV) embodies all of those qualities and that is why he is one of the best quarterbacks from the state of California for the class of 2010.
In Shreve's first game of the 2008 season he had a one-plus degree separation on his throwing shoulder, yet he never missed a snap all season. That alone would prove the kind of grit that Shreve brings the table, but that wasn't the only injury he suffered and that's what makes his junior season performance even more impressive.
By the season's end, Shreve was playing on a high right ankle sprain, but that's not all, he also had a left ankle sprain, though it wasn't high, he was still one of the walking wounded, but never missed an offensive down.
Shreve earned all-CIF and all-league honors after throwing for 1,516 yards and 12 touchdowns against only two picks. Bad wheels and all, Shreve was also a threat rushing the football as he rushed for 534 yards and added 10 touchdowns on the ground.
Needless to say Shreve is garnering a lot of recruiting attention.
"Every school in the nation knows about Tyler," REV coach Kurt Bruich said. "Dan Mullen, the new coach of Mississippi State told me he's going to recruit him. Even Tennessee is showing interest. Actually almost the whole SEC are showing recruiting interest in Tyler."
Besides SEC schools, Shreve is hearing from most of the Pac 10l, including UCLA and USC, plus, Duke and Kansas State.
Bruich has the answer why his quarterback is drawing nationwide interest.
"Tyler has a great arm , he's very athletic (also plays varsity baseball) and has good leadership skills," Bruich said. "But more importantly, he's extremely competitive and tough as nails."
The word is Shreve will be on the UCLA campus this weekend for a tour and the Washington State basketball game.