Focus 2004

When folks watch <b>Rhett Bomar</b> on the football field, he often draws comparisons to former NFL great <b>John Elway.</b> Click here to find out why as TheTerritory continues to bring its premium subscribers the best and most comprehensive recruiting news. "Rhett has a great arm," said Rhett's father and prep coach, Jerry Bomar. "He's a passer and not a thrower. He knows when to rip it in there and when to use touch. He knows what side of the receiver to throw the ball to."

When folks watch Rhett Bomar on the football field, he often draws comparisons to former NFL great John Elway.

"That's a great comparison," said Bomar's father, Jerry, who coaches his son at Grand Prairie, Tex. "He wears the No. 7 jersey and he has the same mannerism. It's kind of errie. He throws and runs like John but someone told me that he might be faster than him."

The 6-4, 202-pound Bomar is quickly climbing the recruiting charts and some believe he just might be the nation's top quarterback prospect next season. No wonder.

Bomar passed for 2,900 yards and 25 touchdowns with only 11 interceptions as a junior. He also rushed for 717 yards and 11 touchdowns. Bomar also is quite productive in the classroom, where he's sixth in a class of 576 with a 4.32 grade-point average. He has good bloodlines as well. His father, Jerry, was recruited to play quarterback at Texas Tech but ended up in the secondary.

Bomar's greatest strengths, according to his father, are his arm, throwing mechanics and competitiveness.

"Rhett has a great arm," Jerry Bomar said.

"He's a passer and not a thrower. He knows when to rip it in there and when to use touch. He knows what side of the receiver to throw the ball to. He knows when he has to throw the ball away. The UCLA coach told me last year that his mechanics are perfect. Coach Long at Oklahoma said he has some of the best mechanics he's ever seen. Coach Brown and Davis and Texas told me that he'll be one of the top two or three quarterbacks in the country this year. He is a fierce competitor."

Jerry Bomar said the family has a recruiting plan in place. His son will take all of his official visits before he decides. Additionally, Rhett Bomar wants to play in a wide-open scheme that includes the shotgun offnese. Dad said his son has mentioned Florida State and is well aware the Seminoles did not sign a quarterback this past recruiting season.

Rhett Bomar is also considering Texas and Oklahoma.

"He always mentions FSU and Miami," Bomar said. He's always liked FSU. He's well aware that FSU didn't sign a quarterback in this last class."

And it would appear that Rhett Bomar could be in a class by himself when it's all said and done. Kind of like that other No. 7 who played for the Broncos.


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