PROFILE 2003: Tommy Grady (QB)

There's not a better pure throwing quarterback anywhere in the country than Huntington Beach (Calif.) Edison signal caller Tommy Grady. He had a huge junior season and is already receiving national scholarship offers at this time.

Grady, 6-foot-6, 210 pounds has great mechanics and throws one of the prettiest balls you'll ever see. He has a nice, tight release and has the arm strength to make all the throws. Grady attended the Student Sports Elite 11 last summer as a ball boy and was very impressive throwing among the other top quarterbacks in the country.

On the field, all Grady did was complete 61 percent of his passes for 2,791 yards and 33 touchdowns with just three interceptions to earn first team All-State and Student Sports Junior All-American honors. He led Edison to the CIF Div I Championship game where they fell to Long Beach Poly. But even in defeat, Grady put on quite a show.

He had his chin split open on the teams first offensive series and was getting absolutely pounded the entire game by Poly's fierce pass rush. But Grady still hung tough in the pocket and threw five touchdown passes, showing incredible poise in the pocket as well as tremendous courage.

Grady even got a phone call from Poly tight end Marcedes Lewis a few weeks after the game telling him how courageous he had played and how impressed their whole team was with him.

"That was real cool he did that," Grady said. "He didn't have to and I didn't even know he knew who I was but it meant a lot to me."

The one knock on Grady is his footspeed. He's not the swiftest player on the field but he does have excellent footwork and can make that first guy miss. He was one of the top basketball players in Orange County this past season and led the county in blocked shots for part of the year, averaging 3.5 a game while shooting 67 percent from the field. He also pitches on the baseball team and is being recruited in football and basketball.

Football is definitely Grady's meal ticket however and he has already been offered scholarships by UCLA, USC, Tennessee, LSU, Arizona, Oregon and Fresno State. His older brother Jeff will likely be the starting quarterback at Fresno State next fall.

"Florida was always my favorite school growing up but right now, UCLA is my top choice," Grady said. "USC, Miami, Tennessee and Fresno State are the others in my top five. I want to go through the recruiting process and I have no plans to commit early anywhere right now."

Academically, Grady is carrying a 2.5 GPA and will take the SAT in May. He'll attend the Nike Camp in Los Angeles and has an excellent shot at being selected for the Student Sports Elite 11 in July.


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