Super QB Prospect Likes UM

This talented quarterback prospect has emerged as one of the best in the entire country. He talks about why the University of Miami ranks among his early favorites in the recruiting process.

At 6-foot-6 and 212 pounds, Huntington Beach (Calif) Edison standout Tommy Grady proved at the USC NIKE Camp why he is among the nation's elite quarterback prospects.

"I did alright," Grady said. "I was competing with a sore hamstring so it held me up a little bit. I also got invited to the Elite 11 Camp in July. Me and a couple other underclassmen (Alabama's Jamarcus Russell and Louisiana's David Booty) went last year and learned a lot, so I'm really looking forward to going to this year's camp."

Grady was on fire last season as he threw for over 3,000 yards and 33 touchdowns in his first season as varsity starter. It's no wonder, especially since he's been playing the quarterback position since he was 8 years old.

The talented signal-caller is a three-sport star as he also competes in baseball and basketball. In fact, Grady's 91 MPH fastball is one of the reasons why he's had several pro scouts tell him he'll likely be a first round pick in next year's Major League Baseball Draft.

"I've talked to a lot of coaches that said I'll probably be a first round pick," he said. "The Brewers said that, the Expos, and the Mariners."

So how is the draft status in baseball going to affect his status as a football prospect? Not much, Grady thinks.

"I'm pretty much set on playing quarterback in college football," he said. "Football is my main sport and all the coaches know that."

Grady, who carries a 3.0 GPA inside the classroom, has quickly become one of the nation's most heavily recruited quarterbacks.

"I got a written offer from every school in the Pac 10 except for Stanford, Florida State, LSU, Colorado, Colorado State, BYU, lots of them," he said. "Miami told me they're going to be offering, but they haven't actually done it yet."

Grady, whose brother Jeff is going to replace David Carr as the starting quarterback at Fresno State this season, said he has five schools that he would consider early favorites at this point in the recruiting process.

"I'd go with Miami, Oklahoma, Florida State, UCLA, and USC as my top five," he said. "I really don't have a favorite."

Grady did talk about each of his favorites.

"I like Miami because of the opportunity there," he said. "The coaches are high on me and said I'm the No. 2 guy right now. They said it's Kyle Wright and me."

"I like Oklahoma because they're always winning," he said. "They play for a lot of national championships and I really enjoyed talking to their head coach Bob Stoops."

"Florida State is sort of the same way," he said. "They're always winning and I liked talking to coach Bobby Bowden. Their situation's a little different though since they have three sophomores competing for the starting job, so there would be more competition there."

"UCLA and USC are the in-state schools," he said. "I really don't know whether I want to leave the state or not. I want to take my trips and I want to wait it out until the last day to see where everyone is going."

Grady said he'd like to take a visit or two later this summer.

"I'm going to try taking an unofficial visit to Miami later this summer," he said. "I'll pay my own way, and I want to go when it's real hot to get a feel for the heat."

Grady said his primary focus is getting his team back into the state championship game. "We got there last year and Long Beach Poly beat us 42-28," he said. "They're probably going to be one of the best teams in the entire country again so I hope we have an opportunity to play them again this year."


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