Demry Croft, of Rockford Boylan Catholic in Illinois, is a 6-foot-5, 185-pound quarterback with 4.6 speed. He wears No. 10 for the Titans, with an unrefined throwing motion and a long gait. If you were prone to hyperbole, you'd say — based on first glance of his tape — he had a little Vince Young in his game.
Iowa State's Lou Ayeni, a running backs coach who is not as excitable and therefore not as prone to hyperbole as fans and reporters, has a similar thought.
"[Ayeni] likes me a lot, says I remind him a little big of RG3 — that's always a good feeling to get put up there with someone of that caliber," Croft, a 2015 product, told AllCyclones.com on Thursday.
So here's the million-dollar question: Croft has six offers, including some from perfectly good schools like Akron and Kent State, but what in the world's taking so long for a BCS institution to jump in?
"What do I have to prove?," Croft says. "I ask myself that all the time, but I try not to focus on that and just work like I'm No. 2 and work my tail off each and every day. If I'm second, behind someone, I'm striving to be better."
A week after camping at Michigan State, where he ran a 4.59, Croft perform in Ames this weekend.
He has business on his mind.
"My goal is definitely to come away with an offer," he said. "I'd love to go to Iowa State and wow the coaches, for them to choose me to be the face of their program."
Croft has always played quarterback and he's never had a problem slicing through defenses on the ground. His highlight reel is testament of that. Concerns center around his arm strength and his skinny frame. Croft has worked out with quarterback specialist Daniel Aguilar to correct the first issue and will bank on another weight gain on the second.
Cam Newton and Aaron Rodgers are Croft's quarterbacking idols — Newton for his cannon and big body frame, Rodgers for his passing touch, intelligence and skill as a scrambler, when needed.
"I want to show [Iowa State] that I'm a passer, a good quarterback who can make reads and also be dynamic in running," Croft said.
"I've been in contact with Coach Lou the past couple of days and he mentioned the camp to me. I've always been interested in Iowa State because it's not too far away."
When it was suggested his size would turn heads at the weekend's camp, with all the coaches in attendance, Croft laughed.
"That's the plan," he said.