The Golden State has long been a destination when mining for quarterback gold. There is a signal caller for the class of 2013 that is already grabbing attention from D-I schools.
Keep your eyes on duel threat field general, Jihad Vercher (5-11, 179, 4.55) from Los Angeles (Calif.) Salesian.
According Salesian assistant coach Devah Thomas, Vercher has thrown for approximately 1,800 yards and 21 touchdowns, while leading his team to a 7-2 record in his first year as a starter on the varsity level.
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Just last evening (November 5th), Vercher was outstanding in leading his team to a huge victory over rival Long Beach (Calif.) St. Anthonyâ€™s 49-14. On the night Vercher had 14 completions out of 21 attempts for 280 yards and four touchdowns.
â€œJihad is a great kid with a big upside to him,â€ Thomas said. â€œHeâ€™s our starting quarterback and he is only a sophomore.
â€œJihad has a strong arm, great footwork, smart, also is a multi sport standout,â€ Thomas said. â€œHe plays shortstop and third base on the baseball team.
â€œHe came out of the Snoop Dogg youth football league where he won a Super Bowl, playing quarterback and middle linebacker,â€ Thomas said. â€œSo he has had the knack of winning for awhile and he is very physical.
â€œSome people compare Jihad to a young Donovan McNabb.â€
On the recruiting trail, Cal, Oregon State, SMU, Army and Navy are all showing early interest in Vercher. He is also a solid student who carries a 3.3 GPA.