J.C. Unitas 'honored' to be recruited by Cardinals

The grandson of former University of Louisville and Baltimore Colts great Johnny Unitas says just being recruited by the Cardinals is an honor.

The reasons that the dozens of players headed to Louisville for this Sunday's QB/WR camp vary from player to player. Some, such as Joei Fiegler from Alcoa (TN) High School are hoping to garner scholarship consideration, while others are just looking for much needed exposure.

J.C. Unitas, the grandson of former University of Louisville and Baltimore Colts legendary quarterback Johnny Unitas, finds himself in a similar situation as his grandfather did decades ago.

"Some people have said that my situation is kind of similar," said Unitas, who attends St. John's High School in Brooklandville, Maryland.

After a seperated shoulder slowed his progress as a junior, the undersized signal-caller (5'11, 175) is coming to U of L's camp in an effort to increase interest from college coaches around the country.

Johnny Unitas statue inside
Papa John's Cardinal Stadium

"I didn't have a strong junior year because I seperated my shoulder in our second game," Unitas explained. "I played very well after I came back."

In a reserve role, Unitas threw for 400 yards and 8 touchdowns. He completed 67% of his pass attempts and finished his junior campaign with an impressive 132.6 efficiency rating.

"He runs the ball real well," said St. John's head coach. "He has real good agility and throws well on the run."

In addition to the Cardinals, Unitas has garnered interest from Virginia and a number of Atlantic 10 programs.

"I don't really know if I have a shot at playing at Louisville, but just to be recruited by Louisville is an honor," said J.C. "Going to Louisville's camp will help me get more exposure."

"I'm just going to go into the camp like I always have and throw the ball as best as I can," he said.

Unitas also has scheduled camps at James Madison (6/12) and Delaware (6/25-26).

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