Though well known names such as Tate Martell and (yes, still) Tua Tagovailoa dominate the headlines in regards to USC quarterback recruiting, one prospect that’s slowly rising up the ranks is 2017 San Clemente High School (Calif.) QB Jack Sears.
Many have projected Sears to wind up playing for USC’s crosstown rival, the UCLA Bruins, but the Trojans are said to still be actively and aggressively Sears in hopes of keeping him away from the likely favorite Bruins. Sears was among the 23 other quarterbacks invited to the Elite 11 finals which took place in California. There, the group of 24 gunslingers battled it out to see who would land one of the coveted 12 spots that sends whoever obtains one to compete at Nike’s "The Opening" in Oregon coming July.
Sears put on a solid performance in front of Elite 11 coaches and counselors and earned his ticket to July’s The Opening Finals held in Beaverton, Oregon where the nation’s top prospects are tested in various drills and duke it out in the competitions famous 7-on-7 tournament.
Sears shows great composure once dropping back and I was impressed with his quick, but precise footwork before throwing. The USC target shows the traits that you’d like to see from a pro-style quarterback, but also shows impressive speed when rolling out along with a very nice spiral and delivery of the football. Perhaps ball speed when throwing could be something that Sears could work on perfecting this summer as he certainly has nice form when throwing.
It’ll be very interesting to see how Sears performs in drills and 7-on-7 competition come July and if the Trojans can somehow get the edge in this recruitment as exactly who USC may earn a commitment from at the quarterback position in the 2017 recruiting cycle still is a question mark, but the three prospects to watch moving forward remain Martell, Sears, and Tagovailoa.