Garden State QB Waiting For Offers

Nolan Kearney came out and proved his was the best quarterback in attendance at the Combine in Randolph, N.J., this April and has been impressing at other events since that time. He has still yet to receive his first offer and it seems like there may be two factors in the way of that.

After being named first-team All-Combine at quarterback at the Combine in April, Downingtown, Pa., quarterback Nolan Kearney set his sights on continuing to impress college coaches from around the country with his 6-foot-4, 225-pound frame and impressive arm. Schools have stepped up their interest in the signal caller lately, however that coveted first offer still escapes Kearney.

"Most of the schools I've been talking to have told me they're waiting to see what guys like E.J. Manuel and Terrelle Pryor do right now," Kearney said. "A lot of schools said they want to see me in camp and will have an offer waiting after that, so I'll have to set up an itinerary of where I'm going to go this summer."

Schools like Michigan, Penn State, Northwestern, Connecticut, Duke and Pittsburgh have all been to Downingtown West High School over the past few weeks to meet with Kearney as well as nearly a dozen Division I-AA programs.

"Coach (Ron) Vanderlinden from Penn State was in and told me that I have looked great at the camps and combines he has seen me at," Kearney explained. "They really want me to come up for their senior camp this summer and work out for them, so like I said I have to put a schedule together. Penn State is a great school and I'd like to have an offer, so we'll just have to see how everything falls into place from here."

"Coach (Matt) Cersosimo from Connecticut was in school the other day and said he was very impressed with my accuracy at the combines," Kearney stated. "He actually said my accuracy was awesome which was obviously a huge compliment. They're another school I'm going to camp at this summer."

"Pittsburgh is another school I like a lot," Kearney added. "Coach (Paul) Dunn came down and talked with me, but a lot for them depends on what Terrelle Pryor does obviously, so I'm just being patient there. They did let me know that I'm pretty high on their quarterback board once Pryor makes his choice."

Kearney has still been in contact with a handful of other schools, however most of his focus has been on baseball as of late. He has actually started to be recruited by major colleges on the diamond as well and could be offered multiple scholarships eventually in that sport.

"I pitch and play first base and have really been hitting the ball well this year," Kearney explained. "My fast ball is in the low to mid eighties and I can throw a change up, curve and slider effectively."

Over a two year period as starting quarterback for Downingtown West, Kearney has completed 176 of 275 passes for 2831 yards and 23 touchdowns. He has also rushed for 802 yards and was recognized as an All-League and All-Area performer both as a sophomore and a junior.

Blue Devil Digest Top Stories