As one of the nation's top quarterbacks in the 2015 class, Charleston's Ty Storey could easily have taken all five of his official visits this fall and enjoyed seeing a different college atmosphere than the one his so familiar with now in the Razorbacks.
But Storey (6-3, 215) – a four-star prospect per Scout.com - said Monday that would be just a waste of everyone else's time and that's why he chose to go ahead and sign his financial-aid agreement with Arkansas on Saturday night before family, friends and teammates.
“I wanted to just get it done before my high school year starts officially,” Storey said on Monday's Sports Talk with Bo Mattingly radio show. “Now it loosens some rules and it's just a win-win for me. I felt like it was a great time to get it done, to be able to sign it in front of friends and family.
“I think that's just me, that's just who I am,” Storey said of not taking the other trips. “I'm more of a guy that just wants to get the work done and I want to make sure I am at the top of my game every day. I would rather just stay here at home and work than have to go out there and visit all these colleges. In reality, I don't plan on going anywhere else besides Arkansas so it was just right for me and I really want to do it.”
Storey, who has thrown for over 8,600 yards and 101 touchdowns in two seasons, chose Arkansas over Alabama, Auburn, Georgia, Oklahoma State and others.
“It is a great feeling and a great honor to say that, a great honor for Coach (Nick) Saban and Coach (Gus) Malzahn and some of those coaches that I was offered scholarships by. I got to talk to those guys, visit with them and learn so much about those programs.
“But in my heart what I think I really need to do is just stay here and in the end that is where I am going to end up.”
Storey, who led his team to a 15-0 mark and Class 3A state title last season, talked about the pitch from Arkansas head coach Bret Bielema and offensive coordinator Jim Chaney that sold him on the Razorbacks.
“There were a few pitches, but the one that really touched me the most was them just being real with me,” Storey said. “Them just showing me what Arkansas is about, what they want this program to be. They have always been up front with me, always told me the truth and that means a lot of me. And also it just feels like home up there and that's a big part of why I'll be there.”
Arkansas sold Storey on the fact that it will have a more balanced attack than the run-dominated one it had in 2013 in Bielema's first season.
“In talking to Coach Chaney, I know what he really wants to do and that's get first downs and move the ball forward,” Storey said. “I know a lot of people were kind of dogging him for not passing the ball or not doing this or that, but that is what they had to do with the personal and with (quarterback) Brandon (Allen's) arm. He was only getting to practice like once a week and his arm was really bothering him.
“That's kind of what they had to adapt to and what they had to do,” Storey said. “I think it will kind of evolve and this year will really show a lot more stuff of what they can do.”
Storey has studied the history of Chaney, who coached current New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees and current NFL free agent Kyle Orton at Purdue.
“You look back at Coach Chaney's past and places that he has been – Tennessee and other places – and he has thrown it everywhere,” Storey said. “Wherever he has been, he has had to do what it takes to win. With Drew Brees at Purdue, he threw it a lot. With Kyle Orton, they broke records.”
Storey knows what his biggest adjustment will be from high school and that will be going under center instead of being in the shotgun.
“There is a lot of stuff I've got to keep working on, there's no doubt about it,” Storey said. “...But one big thing for me is that I will go from an Air Raid – which is what I am playing at Charleston and having never gone under center – to going under center and into more of a pro-style (offense).
“That is one thing I work on in my off time, but I can't work on it full-time because I am still trying to win with Charleston.”
Storey should be joined soon by Lewisville, Texas, Hebron center Zach Rogers – set to sign his financial aid agreement on Thursday – and Fort Smith Northside defensive tackle Daytrieon Dean (6-3, 263), who is setting up his signing.
“I think signing this early is going to get us some momentum going and hopefully Zach and Daytrieon will sign pretty quickly and we are just going to keep going and help get some more commitments later,” Storey said. “It's all football, that's the best of life, isn't it?”
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