RECRUITING: Boca QB Reminds Coach Of Dougie

When Rick Swain sees his quarterback Cody Clinton, it's easy for the former Buchholz coach to see things that remind him of Doug Johnson, whom he coached in Gainesville in the mid-1990s. Clinton is a 6-2, 210-pound dual threat quarterback for Swain at Boca Raton. Last year's passing leader for Palm Beach County, Clinton and 26 other seniors make the Bobcats a potential state championship team.

Clinton lives with his father and sister. He's a good student with a 3.0 that would be adjusted higher for honors classes. His sister is a recent graduate of the University of Miami, so it's safe to assume that he's a Hurricane fan.

Swain says there are a lot of similarities in Clinton and Doug Johnson.

"He [Clinton] is a pretty incredible athlete," Swain said. "He plays center field on the baseball team and will probably get drafted. He reminds me of Doug Johnson with his build.

"He is more calm and his head reminds me of Joe Montana. He never gets rattled. He could get his teeth knocked out and would pop up and head back to the huddle and call a play. He never gets sick, he never gets high and he never gets low. He is a unique kid."

Clinton has a lighter side but he doesn't let anything interfere with the task at hand.

"I like to joke around a lot," he said. "When I'm doing something I am 100 percent into it but when I'm not my mind has to go somewhere else so I clown around."

Because he's such a heady quarterback it's easy to understand that his favorite athlete is Peyton Manning. Clinton attended the Manning Passing Camp in Hammond, Louisiana last summer. Watching Archie, Peyton and Eli throw the ball was quite an experience.

"It is amazing to watch them throw," he said.

When asked about his best attribute as a quarterback, it all came back to the same place.

"I think my poise definitely," he answered. "I don't have an arm that can throw the ball 80 yards and I'm not the fastest guy out there. But, I think in any situation I can do the right thing and make the right throw. I don't think my teammates think we are going to lose a game no matter how many points we are down."

Clinton knows that the pressure of making the offense work is on his shoulders.

"Being a quarterback is the biggest part," he said. "I have to know what every person is doing on every single play. If anyone is confused, I have to straighten it out. I have to do that without missing a beat and costing us time or missing a play."

The entire Bobcat team has been setting some high goals this year. Clinton is a one step at a time kind of guy.

"I expect to win this year, especially in the playoffs," he stated. "I have been here three years and we have lost in the playoffs in the first round every year. I want to win a playoff game. That is the first goal."

Clinton led Palm Beach County with 98 completions in 140 attempts for 1368 yards in only 8 games. The season was shortened due to the hurricanes. He threw 19 touchdowns passing with only five interceptions. His ran for 243 yards and two touchdowns.

These stats should translate to more of a passing attack for the Bobcats this year than they have seen.

"In my sophomore year we were about a 70-30 run to pass ratio," he told us. "Now that I have been here two years I think we will be about 50-50 run-pass. We have a lot of weapons coming out of the backfield, a lot of good receivers, and good linemen. It all depends, if they play the run we throw. If they play the pass we run. Last year, the majority of our offense was juniors and sophomores and we led our county in total offense."

With his senior season a half a year away, Clinton is already drawing interest from college coaches.

"I have letters from Louisville, Pittsburgh, Rutgers, Miami, Florida, NC State, Duke, USF, and a lot more," he said. No offers yet, but they will be coming soon.

Cody Clinton will be one of South Florida's top student athletes for 2005-2006. Because his Boca Raton team will be highly ranked he will get a lot of interest from Division I schools particularly since there weren't that many quality quarterbacks in the 2005 recruiting class. Subject: Boca QB Reminds Coach Of Dougie From: Franz Beard Date: Thu, 17 Feb 2005 22:30:51 -0500 To: Raimondo By Bob Redman When Rick Swain sees his quarterback Cody Clinton, it's easy for the former Buchholz coach to see things that remind him of Doug Johnson, whom he coached in Gainesville in the mid-1990s. Clinton is a 6-2, 210-pound dual threat quarterback for Swain at Boca Raton. Last year's passing leader for Palm Beach County, Clinton and 26 other seniors make the Bobcats a potential state championship team.

Clinton lives with his father and sister. He's a good student with a 3.0 that would be adjusted higher for honors classes. His sister is a recent graduate of the University of Miami, so it's safe to assume that he's a Hurricane fan.

Swain says there are a lot of similarities in Clinton and Doug Johnson.

"He [Clinton] is a pretty incredible athlete," Swain said. "He plays center field on the baseball team and will probably get drafted. He reminds me of Doug Johnson with his build.

"He is more calm and his head reminds me of Joe Montana. He never gets rattled. He could get his teeth knocked out and would pop up and head back to the huddle and call a play. He never gets sick, he never gets high and he never gets low. He is a unique kid."

Clinton has a lighter side but he doesn't let anything interfere with the task at hand.

"I like to joke around a lot," he said. "When I'm doing something I am 100 percent into it but when I'm not my mind has to go somewhere else so I clown around."

Because he's such a heady quarterback it's easy to understand that his favorite athlete is Peyton Manning. Clinton attended the Manning Passing Camp in Hammond, Louisiana last summer. Watching Archie, Peyton and Eli throw the ball was quite an experience.

"It is amazing to watch them throw," he said.

When asked about his best attribute as a quarterback, it all came back to the same place.

"I think my poise definitely," he answered. "I don't have an arm that can throw the ball 80 yards and I'm not the fastest guy out there. But, I think in any situation I can do the right thing and make the right throw. I don't think my teammates think we are going to lose a game no matter how many points we are down."

Clinton knows that the pressure of making the offense work is on his shoulders.

"Being a quarterback is the biggest part," he said. "I have to know what every person is doing on every single play. If anyone is confused, I have to straighten it out. I have to do that without missing a beat and costing us time or missing a play."

The entire Bobcat team has been setting some high goals this year. Clinton is a one step at a time kind of guy.

"I expect to win this year, especially in the playoffs," he stated. "I have been here three years and we have lost in the playoffs in the first round every year. I want to win a playoff game. That is the first goal."

Clinton led Palm Beach County with 98 completions in 140 attempts for 1368 yards in only 8 games. The season was shortened due to the hurricanes. He threw 19 touchdowns passing with only five interceptions. His ran for 243 yards and two touchdowns.


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