Future RedHawk QB Discusses His Decision

Not too long ago, Miami placed a couple quarterbacks in the NFL (Ben Roethlisberger and Josh Betts).  Although that trend stopped of late, the performance of the QB tandem of Zac Dysert and Austin Boucher shows signs that Miami might be returning to that level of producing elite quarterbacks.  The belief in Oxford is that Colin Reardon of Poland-Seminary HS (OH) will extend that tradition.

Going into this summer, Colin Reardon was receiving recruitment letters from most of the MAC.  He knew that he would have the opportunity to play at the next level, but it wasn't until the summer camp circuit that he realized he could excel in college football.  Since May, Reardon has attended camps at UCLA, Pittsburgh, Ohio, Akron, Indiana, Toledo, Ohio State and Miami.  The exposure to college coaching has caused things to "click," Reardon said.  "I see myself getting better and it has already started paying off," he told RedHawk Insider.  The 6'1, 195 lb. QB has earned awards at most camps, but the highlight of his summer was being named the QB MVP out of 47 competitors at Ohio State's camp last month.  "As all of the coaches praised me, it was a dream come true.  My hard work really pays off," he added.

As he began garnering more and more attention from coaches, Reardon realized that he had already found what he called "a perfect place" in Miami.  "It really is all there at Miami- the campus, the staff, the people.  I really can't lose," he continued.  "The program and history were big selling points.  Also, the Farmer School of Business has a prestigious reputation," said the future Business major.

Because of his height, Reardon, may have been "under the radar" after throwing for over 1700 yards in each his sophomore and junior seasons.  After winning the QB MVP Award, Ohio State coaches informed him that he would have received an offer if he were an inch taller than his current 6'1" frame.  Miami's coaching staff apparently did not take issue with his height after last year's team won the MAC title and the GoDaddy.com Bowl with a quarterback at the same height (Austin Boucher).  "I really don't think my height is a concern," said Reardon who offers outstanding touch in precision routes and superb footwork in the pocket.  Another facet that isn't highlighted in his recruiting videos is Reardon's arm strength.  "There is a time and a place to show off strength.  Our offense doesn't have deep out-routes across the field or throws like that, but I have the ability to make those plays and I think I've displayed that at camps this summer," said the future RedHawk.  Miami fans have no doubts and are happy to welcome Colin Reardon to an excellent recruiting class for 2012.

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