2008 Prospect Profile: Mikie Mahtook

The Class of 2008 could be described as the year of the quarterback in Louisiana as there are several juniors that are already on the recruiting radar.

Lafayette-St. Thomas More signal caller Mikie Mahtook (6-2, 205, 4.6) is a name that you better remember and there are plenty of college coaches who are very familiar with his talents.


As a sophomore, Mahtook was thrown into the mix early on because he was such a good athlete  and he gave the Cougar offense a different look. He gave STM a dual threat under center as he completed 40 of 99 passes for 451 yards with one touchdown and three interceptions, and rushed for 413 yards and a score on 88 attempts.


Some may balk at his passing numbers but what his stats do not show is that Mahtook's emergence allowed STM offensive coordinator Tim Leger to move his starting quarterback Lance Kelley to receiver and to give opposing defenses a look that they were not ready for.


Leger will be the first to admit that Mahtook was thrown into the fire as a young sophomore.


But after completing 8 of 10 passes for 128 yards and three touchdowns in the jamboree last week, Mahtook showed that he is light years ahead of where he was last season, particularly in the passing game.


""He is a totally different player," Leger said. "He is starting to get it now. Everything he did before was because he was told to look here and told to go here with the ball. Now, he sees the big picture. Now, he is making checks and he knows where everybody is supposed to be. He knows where to go with the ball and is confident in what he does. Now, he's got total control out there."


In today's day and age of quarterbacks, the pure pocket passer is not in as much demand as one that can move around and make plays out of the pocket.


That, according to Leger, is what makes Mahtook special.


"He has an incredibly strong arm and is very athletic," Leger said. "He is what is in vogue right now. Everybody wants that type of guy that can run a spread option offense or that can run and throw equally well. He is that guy. He can do both extremely well."


St. Thomas More has had its fair share of college prospects over the years but Leger thinks that Mahtook has a chance to accomplish something that not many former Cougars had done before.


"He may be the first guy that we've had to get offered early in the spring," Leger said. "He is starting to get a lot of stuff from LSU, Georgia Tech and Nebraska. All of the schools that have film on Lance and Grant (Fleming) have film on Mikie too, and they all love him."

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