Thousands upon thousands of high school football players lace up for their senior seasons every year in hopes of securing a college scholarship. The opportunity to continue playing the game they would almost die for gives them the passion to live on Friday nights. For those without offers from college football programs, every game is a virtual do or die situation. Some thrive in that situation, other do not. Coral Springs high school quarterback Jake Bofshever eats that situation up like a bowl to go from Chipotle.
One season after throwing for over 1200 yards and rushing for 529 yards with 23 total touchdowns, the 2015 prospect is at it again. So far on the season, Bofshever has tallied 2,280 yards passing with 24 touchdowns to go with 695 yards and nine rushing touchdowns. How does he do it? One look at his film and you can see that it is done with a lot of heart, skill and determination. Watching Bofshever, one name for a person my age comes to mind and that is Steve Young. For those who remember him playing the game, Young was long on skill and even longer on heart. Many will remember his miraculous run vs. the Minnesota Vikings that lives in NFL infamy. Bofshever put together a similar play this season that ended with a throw to a wide open receiver. It’s a play you will surely rewind to watch more than once.
Bofshever possess the tools every spread quarterback needs to thrive in this pass happy era. He has very good feet in the pocket to along with great awareness. He will scramble out of trouble but will keep his eyes downfield to locate a receiver in the clear. However, should an opportunity not present itself throwing the ball, Bofshever has the athleticism to gut the defense with his legs as evidenced by his over 1,100 rushing yards over the last two seasons. His poise is a major reason why the Coral Springs Colts find themselves in the post season after a year of handling the heavyweights of Florida’s biggest high school classification, 8A.
Spread offenses were made for quarterbacks like Bofshever who has the pinpoint accuracy needed to hit receivers in windows and extend drives with precision throws on third down. He’s a major headache for the opposition who must allocate quite a few defenders to cover the spaces he may fire a pass into while also having enough troops to prevent him from running the yard markers down the field. At some point, you just run out of players. With the rise of Sunshine State quarterbacks of late, it seems some talented signal callers could get lost in the mix. Bofshever is certainly one that should remain on the brain of many college football programs searching for prospects under the Florida sun.
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Author: Chad Wilson
Chad Wilson is a college football recruiting expert and creator of the GridironStudsApp which allows high school football players to gain exposure to college football coaches and fans. Wilson is a former college football player for the University of Miami (92-94) and Long Beach St. (’90-’91) and played briefly for the Seattle Seahawks (’95). He is also a former youth and high school football coach for over 15 years. Wilson’s older son Quincy plays in the NFL for the Indianapolis Colts and his younger son plays cornerback for the University of Florida. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.