In case you have been asleep for the last two high school football seasons, there’s a new owner of virtually every meaningful passing record in Florida high school football. When you leave the high school game owning the record for single game passing yards, career passing yards, career completions, career passing touchdowns, single season passing touchdowns and, now, single season passing yards you’ve pretty much done things right. That’s exactly what you can say about about Lake Nona HS, Florida’s Tucker Israel.
Israel completed his high school career last Friday night when his Lake Nona team was eliminated from the playoffs with a 48-38 loss to Lakeland High School in the 7A playoffs. Of course disappointed, Israel has nothing to be sorry about from a personal standpoint. Standing 5’11”, Israel does not possess the 6’4″ height that most college football QB coaches covet but that meant nothing on Friday nights when he torched Florida high school defenses for over 13,o0o yards during his prep career. Sure, Israel’s numbers are a product of a pass happy system run by Lake Nona but pass happy spread offenses are all the craze across Florida and the United States. With that said, no one in the state has ever done it like Israel. In addition to the 13,000 plus yards passing, Israel dropped 157 passes into opponents’ end zones. That is truly a staggering stat when you realize that is an average of 39 per season.
We could go on and on about all of the records he has rewritten during his career but it should be pointed out that Israel is not just your typical record breaking QB that doesn’t have the goods for the next level. Israel juggled offers from many major division I programs like Florida, LSU and UCLA before settling on Clemson in February of this year. A look at his film and you can see why Israel is a legit prospect. He has a smooth delivery, is comfortable in the pocket and has laser accuracy. Defenses were truly outmatched each Friday Night as was Lakeland in last week’s playoff contest. Israel lead Lake Nona to a lead late in the game vs. the perennial powerhouse but could not hold it as Lakeland battled back for the 48-38 win. Only the Dreadnaughts win could pull the pen out of Israel’s hand and prevent him from writing quarterbacking records for prep excellence in a spot where no one could ever touch them.
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.