With Logan Byrd, of Veterans High School, and Jake Fromm, of Houston County High School, both being pursued by Division 1 universities, the quarterback position on the local gridiron is set to be the target of much interest as we head toward the 2014 season.
One player hoping to garner a little of that attention for himself is Perry High Schools Trey Coryell.
The rising junior has been on a whirlwind tour of college camps and passing leagues since the end of the school year, and hes drawn the eyes of several analysts who have complimented his potential after watching him perform.
So far Ive been to Troy, Florida State, Tennessee and Clemson, Coryell said.
As a team weve been to 7-on-7s at Auburn and UGA. I like it a lot because I like competing, but its just fun going out and seeing these different schools.
Coryell has the size that college recruiters covet. At 65 211-pounds, he immediately stands out, but due to limited playing time so far in his high school career, college recruiters dont have much game film to judge him by.
Coryell played primarily as a backup last season to a now departed senior starter.
Coaches have said that they like me a lot, but I havent played a lot, Coryell said.
Now that I know Im going to be the starter, Im working that much harder because I know my team is going to be relying on me.
While the talent to throw the football often comes natural, the intricacies of the quarterback position take experience to perfect.
Coryell has learned a lot this summer from college coaching, and he is working hard to pair that knowledge with his natural ability.
I feel that Im really good at throwing the football with my accuracy and my arm strength, but Im just trying to work on my footwork, Coryell said. Im trying to be more fluid with my three-step and five-step drops.
Perry struggled to a 3-7 record a year ago as the Panthers were held to 13 or fewer points in half of those games.
Coryell is banking on the hard work during the summer paying off with victories come fall. The seven-on-seven passing leagues have given him a chance to build timing with his receivers while also competing against top competition.
Im hoping that our team can be a lot better than we were last year and that we can make the playoffs, Coryell said.
Win or lose, local fans should expect a show from the quarterback position this season.
I think its exciting for the county as a whole to have three really good quarterbacks, Coryell said.
Its fun competing with those guys.