Southwick Thrives On Competition

San Ramon Valley HS QB Joe Southwick (Danville, CA) has been lighting it up in the Bay Area. He is currently leading his team on a march toward an undefeated season. Recently, the Boise State coaches have decided to pursue another QB in the 2009 class. What does Southwick think about this? He spoke to and shed some light on this new development.

San Ramon Valley HS QB Joe Southwick (Danville, CA) was the first Bronco commit in the 2009 recruiting class. He is still a solid commit. "I'm 100% committed to Boise State," he said.

A new situation has recently risen up in the form of a new QB recruit. The Boise State coaching staff has decided to pursue one more QB for the 2009 recruiting class. The reason is quit simple. "They wanted another guy with (Nick) Lomax leaving," Southwick said. "The coaches told me they were going to recruit another QB. I can understand why they did," he added.

Southwick appreciates the honesty of the coaches. "Coach Pete and Coach Harsin told me and were up-front," he said. "I appreciate that," he added.

The gameplan is in place for Southwick and his future with the Bronco football program. "The gameplan is for me to come in at #3 and redshirt," he said. "The other scholarship QB will come in and run the scout team," he added.

Joe understands that there is competition at every major football program. "There is always going to be competition," he said. "You have to welcome it."

Recently, the Broncos have found themselves on national television and that has allowed the current commits to keep a close eye on the progress of the team. "I watched the Louisiana Tech game after I got home from practice," he said. "It was midway through the second quarter. It was impressive. They executed and showed they were the better team. That's the big thing. Kellen (Moore) stayed calm and the WRs got open."

Joe found himself glued to the TV last week as well as he watched the Broncos get a big victory in Hattiesburg, MS. "Southern Miss was a great game too," he said. "They got a little ahead of themselves early in the game. The execution was pretty good. The passes were spot on from Kellen (Moore) and (Jeremy) Avery had some big runs."

Southwick and his teammates at San Ramon Valley are a force to be reckoned with this season. "We're 5-0," he said. It took some hard work to get to that 5-0 record as Southwick led his team down the field in an unbelievable comeback win against San Leandro HS. "I had to convert a 4th and 9," he said. "The pocket broke down and I found our RB for a 15 yard gain. It was nerve racking," he added. San Ramon Valley would finish the drive with a TD that resulted in a thrilling 38-34 win.

San Ramon Valley will now play Granada HS this week. "It's homecoming for us," Southwick said. "We'll be fired up." Joe wants to see a consistent performance this week. "We have to make the right checks," he said. "We have to be consistent. Move the ball and move the chains."

Joe Southwick has put up some big numbers through five games. "I have 15 TD passes and 2 INTs," he said. "I've completed about 60% of my passes for around 1,500 yards."

It would be difficult to find a QB or any player with the heart and determination of Joe Southwick. He has proven throughout his HS career that he can never be counted out. He thrives on competition and welcomes the challenge that it brings. Sounds like a perfect fit for Boise State. will continue to have updates on Joe Southwick throughout his senior season.

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