Tuesday saw the first high school scrimmages in Ohio, and the Avon matchup with Massillon could be a playoff preview for Division-II. Avon's junior quarterback Jake Sopko was impressive throwing the football and moving around in the pocket.
Sopko, 6-foot-3, 200-pounds, looked good last year as a sophomore splitting time, but he is all set as the starter this season.
"I alternated with our senior quarterback last season, but I thought I did well as the season went on," Sopko stated. "My strength as a quarterback would be making the right reads and getting rid of the football quickly."
"When I have to get out of the pocket, I'm able to do that and extend plays," he added. "I'm working on adding arm strength, and becoming faster."
College recruiters are aware of Sopko, although he holds no offers to date.
"Before summer started I spoke with Michigan State, Michigan, Duke, Purdue, Kentucky and Ohio State," he explained. "I play baseball, so I couldn't go to the football camps, and I also had a minor injury that's all fine now."
"The most recent school I've spoken with is Purdue, and they really want me to get out to a game this year," he continued. "Michigan and Ohio State also want me to visit for a game this year, and I've been to both schools for unofficial visits."
EVALUATION: This was the first time seeing Sopko live, and he has all the tools to play at the next level. He is going to be one of the top rated quarterbacks in Ohio for the class of 2016.