At 6’4’ and 205# the Spartans already have an offer out to the very talented QB for their 2018 class. Theo Day plays for Divine Child and the well-developed youngster has an impressive list of talents and a real passion for the Spartan Nation.
We caught up with him and he told Spartan Nation tonight, “The first time I got on campus was last spring and between then and now I have been up like five or six times. I think I got up for two games this year. Love at first sight.”
As the ‘18 class is already on the clock, does Day have a time frame in mind to make his choice? He told us, “Definitely would like to do it sooner rather than later because quarterbacks have to decide early or they move on. I want to have it done not past March. Like the middle of March.”
So how are the Spartans looking to the young gun? “I definitely love it there. I have a great relationship with the coaches now. I am a Michigan kid so I have watched them all my life.”
Watching Day play you see a lot of impressive skills for his age. But before we offer our analysis what does he think he does best? “Accuracy is my best attribute.”
One thing that really stood out to Spartan coaches was Day’s ability to throw the ball. He is deadly accurate, but the thrust and velocity lets him place the ball in very tight windows and can be difficult for receiver and defenders to catch. He said of his velocity, “I would say that is true. Kids have to get used to it, but they start getting it. It just takes some time.”
So what does he think he needs to work on? “Definitely my footwork is something I have to get better at. At my high school we play out of gun so I have to work hard using the five and seven step drops.”
But another area that stands out is Day’s running ability. Because of his impressive 6’4’ frame and 200# body, he is often overlooked as a runner. A mistake that has been costly for his opponents that he has made a habit of running over. “I was our leading rusher this year with a little over 600 yds. My running is one of my stronger abilities, because of my size it is under-rated, but I can do it well.”
While the Spartans are certainly in a good position to land the young signal caller with multiple offers, one school that the Spartans will have to beat is Big Ten West Minnesota and their new coach P.J. Fleck. Fleck identified Day early and they already have a relationship.
Day said of the Gophers and their new head coach, “I have not visited, but I hear it is great and the city is great. I might be getting up there and have to figure it out. I know Coach Fleck from when he was at Western and have talked to him.”
So while the Spartans look to beat out the Gophers and a myriad of other schools for the talented Day, one of his greatest talents may be telling in his recruitment. One of the first things to grab the attention of the MSU staff was his uncanny ability for his age of looking off a receiver.
Looking off is when a QB looks away from his primary receiver only to turn at the last minute to make a throw and not allowing a defensive back to read his eyes and cut off the pass.
It takes time for most quarterbacks to develop this, and when you watch Day he is well beyond his years and it clearly aids his terrific accuracy.
He told us of that uncanny ability, “I kind of just developed that over the years of playing QB. I started with a quarterback coach two years ago and that is a big factor that has really helped me to get it down.”
So as his mid-March decision deadline looms does Day plan on coming back to MSU soon? He will be here for a visit on February 26 when Tom Izzo and the Spartans host Wisconsin at the Breslin Center. But he also has more plans than just that.
He is playing basketball now, but says, “Definitely coming soon and will get up for some spring practices.”
All of that is a good sign as the Spartans appear to be in a good spot to land the very talented quarterback. As long as Day isn’t doing one of his well-documented look away, the Spartan could reel in their next quarterback soon. A good sign for MSU and an already deep and talented 2018 class.