Montgomery QB expects first offer soon

Cody Stroud understands just how important this summer is for him personally.

With no offers to date, but feeling there are a couple on their way shortly, Stroud knows he can make a major impression with college coaches heading into his senior season at Montgomery.

However, he doesn't want to put his personal goals this summer ahead of his goals for the team in the fall.

"It's pretty big. This is supposed to be your money year – the senior year," said the 6-foot-4, 200-pound quarterback. "My summer is going to be big, getting ready for next year. I'm just trying to get the guys ready and make sure we get some W's. That's the big picture. We're looking for wins and to get into the playoffs."

A three-year starter who has led Central Louisiana in passing the past two seasons – 2,146 yards and 23 touchdowns as a sophomore and 2,493 yards and 19 TDs last year – Stroud is poised for an even bigger senior season.

His relationship with his receivers at Montgomery is at an all-time high, and the player who caused Montgomery to switch from a spread offense from the double wing believes that will pay dividends.

"This year, my receivers have been better than in the past," Stroud said. "We've had big-time playmakers in the past, but this year they'll make the catch when it's needed."

One big knock on Stroud, who has the classic build of a prototypical dropback quarterback, is that he throws a number of interceptions. Although he does throw the ball 35-40 times a game, he's also thrown more than 20 interceptions each of the past two seasons.

"You can't let it get to you," Stroud said of the interceptions. "When the play's over, you have to forget about it. You just study film and know the defense, know the pre-snap reads and know what to do."

The three schools showing the most interest right now are Louisiana Tech, Louisiana-Monroe and Northwestern State, although he also listed interest from Nicholls State, Tennessee, LSU, Florida and North Carolina.

Cody Stroud said what those schools are most drawn to is his arm strength.

"I've gone to camps and seen a lot of QBs," he said. "The QBs they think are good players at the next level is because of their arm strength and accuracy."

Stroud's coach at Montgomery, Brian Williams, says it's only takes a quick glance of Stroud throwing the football to see that he's a Division I football player because of his size and arm strength.

"He's put up the numbers to warrant that, and he's gone to enough camps to warrant that," Williams said. "Every year he's progressed to the level he needs to be able to play at that level. He's not completely mistake-free, but he's doing whatever it takes to get to that level."

While he's yet to receive his first Division I offer, Stroud doesn't think it will be long before it comes.

"Northwestern and Tech have pretty much made it clear that I'm getting an offer," Stroud said. "I don't know when and where, but they made it known, ‘We want you here, and we'll do everything we can to get you here.'"

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