Football Pedigree Gives Loughery Edge

Football is in the bloodlines of one star Philadelphia quarterback. John Loughery has a famous father and first cousin, and he has been born and bred for the position. Loughery visited Illinois this past week for a one-day camp and impressed with a strong arm and quick release.

John Loughery's father was the Boston College quarterback whose injury paved the way for Doug Flutie's date with destiny. And his sister's son is Matt Ryan, who also starred at Boston College and is now playing pro ball. He has had excellent guidance growing up.

"I've been playing the position my whole life. My dad has really helped in my development. I can't thank him enough or give him enough credit. He played at BC, my cousin played at BC, and they've both been very helpful.

"My dad comes to my practices a lot. He's someone I turn to for advice. He'll tell me when I'm doing something wrong, and he'll tell me when I'm doing something right."

Loughery and his dad flew out to Illinois for a one-day camp and made a strong impression with his throwing. He arrived in the morning and left mid afternoon, but he saw enough to make an evaluation.

"We got to the facility about an hour before registration. Coach (Greg) Nord took us around and showed us the weight room, training room and all that stuff.

"I enjoyed it a lot. I've been to several camps before that, and I have a couple left. It was different because of the numbers. There weren't a lot of people there, but I know they do a lot of camps.

"I liked the idea the coaches pay attention to you. We got a lot of reps, which is good. I really enjoyed the campus. I think the facilities are magnificent. And I really like the staff as well. It was a good day and well worth the trip."

Loughery didn't run the 40 yard dash to rest an injury that is slow to heal.

"Yeah, I have a high ankle sprain. I haven't run in any of the camps. I got hurt during baseball season and was out for awhile. I just haven't been able to do a lot on it, so I haven't been doing any of the testing.

"I didn't really take any rest because of baseball in the spring. And coaches would come to school and watch me throw, including Coach Nord. I didn't want to miss those opportunities. I've been wearing a brace and trying to get back to 100%. Hopefully, it will be here pretty soon."

Standing 6'-5" on a broad frame, Loughery is not well suited to an option attack.

"I'm a pro-style quarterback. I really don't want to short myself at anything, so I continue to work on my entire game. That way, I can do whatever I need to do. But at school last year we threw over 30 times a game, and I'm under center probably 50:50. So I'm definitely a pro-style quarterback, but I'm working to become more well-rounded."

He has been making the rounds of a number of schools this summer.

"I went to UNC, NC State and Duke the weekend before, and that went really well. I went to visit Temple May 30th, and now I have Boston College and Rutgers, and I will visit Princeton and Cornell as well.

"There are some other schools including Big 10 schools that I don't know whether I will make it to camp or not. It's tough to make all those trips. And I'm now hearing from schools that haven't contacted me before, and it's tough to go to their camps or meet their players."

Loughery's dad said John loved his Duke visit. Former Boston College coach Tom O'Brien and some of his assistants are at North Carolina State, Rutgers is recruiting him the hardest, and of course Boston College has a strong connection for him as well. But he is keeping an open mind at this point.

"A lot of coaches have a lot of interest, and what it will come down to is the right fit. I won't worry about whether it's on the East Coast or the Midwest. Big 10 football is big-time football. ACC football is big-time football.

"I want to go to a school that is good academic-wise and has a great history of football. Whether I decide on signing day or this summer, I want to make sure I make the right decision."

Attending his high school has one drawback, but there is still good competition.

"This past year we didn't do too well. We were 5 and 5. I go to William Penn Charter School in Philadelphia, so there aren't any playoffs. We play like five prep schools and then five teams in our league.

"We struggled with injuries a little bit, and toward the end of the season they know when you're going to throw. They drop 8 in coverage, and it's hard to move the ball. So this year they know we're gonna throw the ball, so we have to use some different schemes to catch them off-guard."

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