Quarterback “A” threw for 2,489 yards, 28 touchdowns and 11 interceptions during the 2012 season. Quarterback “B” threw for 2,764 yards, 34 touchdowns and six interceptions. He also rushed for 452 yards and another nine scores.
This year, Quarterback “B” has thrown for more than 1,000 yards and 15 touchdowns and rushed for three more —three times as many yards and touchdowns as Quarterback “A.”
Which quarterback would you take if you were a college coach?
Quarterback “A” is actually Palo Alto standout Keller Chryst, who has committed to Stanford. Quarterback “B” is Menlo School star Jack Heneghan who has committed to — well, to no one yet.
As surprising as it may be, Heneghan has not received one scholarship offer from a Division I university. The only offers Heneghan has received are from University of San Diego and Dartmouth University, neither of which actually offers scholarships.
“That’s a really good question,” said Menlo School coach Mark Newton. “We’re biased, but I’ve been doing this a long time and I’ve seen a lot of quarterbacks and I think a lot of these schools are wrong not giving Jack a scholarship.
“He makes it happen. He moves in the pocket beautifully. He throws guys open … he throws the deep ball with touch … he can throw touch balls to a (running) back.”
He can make all the throws. He can run. He has the size — 6-5, 220 pounds. He’s smart — senior class president. The best comparison to be made is Heneghan is a younger version of former Stanford and current Indianapolis quarterback Andrew Luck.
What’s not to like?
Apparently the biggest thing working against Heneghan is he wasn’t a star by the time he was a sophomore in high school, which is when the college recruiting process seems to begin nowadays. College recruiters identify elite quarterbacks early and stay on them throughout their high school career and try to get them to commit as early as possible.
But that then excludes quality players who blossom in their junior or senior years as most top-notch schools have already settled on their quarterbacks of the future.
“I think the recruiting process starts so early that they (college recruiters) miss (guys) in the first go around. Then they get their guy,” Newton said, and the late bloomer falls through the cracks.
All of the general knocks against guys playing in college can be thrown out the window in Heneghan’s case:
• Plays for too small a school: a lot of college players come out of tiny high schools.
• He’s a “system” guy: seems every team — from high school to the pros — runs a spread offense similar to what the Knights run. Heneghan, right now, is the perfect “system” guy.
• Level of competition is too low: doesn’t matter who Heneghan has played against, he’s produced. For everyone who says he threw for 383 yards and six touchdowns against “only” San Mateo, Newton will gladly show you the tape of his 412-yard performance against San Angelo Central in Texas, a team Newton said had nine Division I players and has a shot at winning the Texas state title in the largest school category.
“Just watch the tape,” Newton said. “Just watch him against San Angelo Central.”
Newton said recruiters from University of Washington are supposed to be coming to the Menlo-MyClymonds game Oct. 4 in Oakland. Newton is hoping someone’s eyes will be open because, on top of everything else, Heneghan is no prima donna.
“He’s confident but humble,” Newton said. “He realizes he’s going to have to compete (for the spot) no matter where he goes. He’s ready to do that. He has the demeanor and intestinal fortitude to deal with that.”
Wherever Heneghan goes to college, that school will get the epitome of a student-athlete.
And one hell of a quarterback.
For the second year in a row, the Serra and Buhach Colony football teams will meet on a Thursday night, instead of the traditional Friday night usually reserved for high school football.
“Just a bit of creative scheduling,” said Serra athletic director Dean Ayoob.
After traveling to Atwater in the San Joaquin Valley last season, Serra will play host to the Thunder this season — at Chabot College in Hayward at 7 p.m., which is just on the other side of the San Mateo-Hayward Bridge. Ayoob said it allows the friends and families of the team’s East Bay players a chance to watch their kids without having to cross the bridge and pay the $5 toll.
“We have quite a few players on the roster from the East Bay and this gives them a chance to play in front of family and friends,” Ayoob said. “It’s something I learned at [Kansas University, where Ayoob earned his undergraduate degree]. (Then basketball coach) Roy Williams always played a game in his recruits’ hometown.”
Last year, Serra converted a 2-point conversion late in the game to pull out a 36-35 win. This year, the Thunder are 2-2 and coming off a 30-24 win over Whitney of Rocklin. Buhach Colony is averaging just over 300 yards of offense per game, a majority of which comes on the ground.
Serra is coming off a 49-13 win over Encinal, racking up 618 yards of offense in the process, including 476 on the ground.
Ayoob is expecting a big turnout tonight in Hayward, including a large contingent from Atwater.
“Every Central Valley team we’ve played has traveled pretty well,” Ayoob said.
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