Wilson makes his case

Last Saturday, John Parker Wilson made a case for himself as the state's premier high school quarterback, leading the top ranked Hoover Buc's to an easy 24-14 victory at Robert E Lee of Montgomery.

Wilson completed his first eight pass attempts, finishing with 230 yards and two TDs. He hit on 27 of his 38 attempts. Wilson's one interception came on a tipped pass. He also had at least three catchable passes dropped.

Many recruiting pundits credited Wilson's successful junior season to the presence of high school All America receiver Chad Jackson. There are no Chad Jacksons on this year's Hoover team, just a solid (yet deep), group of steady prep receivers. There is a sophomore who wears Jackson's former jersey No. 1 who shows big play potential. But this year there were no bubble screens turned into 80-yard touchdowns.

Wilson was the beneficiary of outstanding offensive line play. All game he had ample time to find his receivers. But on the rare occasions where he was under pressure, Wilson showed excellent poise in evading the rush, then throwing the ball away to avoid the sack. He also completed several key passes while on the run, turning potential sacks into positive gains.

John Parker Wilson attended Alabama's mini-camp this summer, where he impressed the Tide coaches with his overall athleticism.

Wilson can make all the throws.

A 31-yard touchdown pass, that traveled 50 yards through the air to lead his receiver perfectly into the end zone. He showed excellent touch on all of his throws, and made only one questionable throw into coverage (out of 38 attempts). Though not often called upon to thread the needle, Wilson did zing 15-yard sideline patterns, placing the ball where only his receiver had the chance to catch.

Hoover threw almost exclusively from the shotgun.

Most impressive was Wilson's field generalship, his ability to make the big play at the opportune moment. With Hoover leading 14-7 just 1:57 before the half, Wilson calmly led his team 60 yards a touchdown that effectively sealed the game. On fourth and 12 from the Lee 28, Wilson deftly read the Lee defense and lofted a 26 yard feather to the Generals two yardline. He managed the clock so well, that the touchdown pass came with just seven seconds remaining in the half.

Not bad work for a season opener.


Because Hoover's system is so well taught and difficult to defend, it is almost impossible to avoid comparing John Parker Wilson to Florida's Heisman trophy winner Danny Wuerffel, during the halcyon days of Spurrier's fun 'n gun.

Not a bad comparison.

RECRUITING NOTES: Based on offensive systems, the comparison to Wuerffel is valid, but at this point in his career Wilson shows more all-around athleticism. At a legitimate 6-1, 190 pounds, Wilson is also a standout baseball player.

Alabama intends to sign one quarterback with this recruiting class, and Wilson definitely appears to be its top in-state target. Other area prospects (like Blake Barnes) would already be committed to the Tide if offered, but the Bama coaches obviously rate Wilson higher. Having said that, Alabama has not yet extended a firm scholarship offer to the Hoover QB.

EDITOR'S NOTE: Besides being a law student "on the side," Brett Pouncey is an avid sports fan who is involved with broadcasting high school football in the Tuscaloosa area. As he's able to attend various games this fall, he'll provide scouting reports on players of interest to BamaMag.com readers.

Read all of the recent recruiting stories on Alabama recruits from TheInsiders.com.

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