Grbac Clone Cone Earns QB Camp Offer

Think Elvis Grbac: a big, strong QB playing for a high school team that throws less than 10 times a game. This is 6-foot-6 Statesboro, Ga. quarterback David Cone.'s Ryan Jordon lives in Georgia and talked to Cone yesterday. Here is Jordon's interview and scouting report, plus another scouting report by's Southern Analyst Scott Kennedy -- and one from GoBlueWolverine as well.

From's Ryan Jordan (who lives in Georgia):

Statesboro, Georgia quarterback David Cone (6-foot-6+, 215 pounds) has been one of the hottest prospects in the state since the beginning of the summer due to a lengthy camp tour that has taken him to schools across the country. His latest camp destination landed him in Ann Arbor, Michigan where he worked out for the Wolverines staff and earned an offer from Coach Lloyd Carr.

From an interview I ('s Ryan Jordan) conducted with him earlier today (Thursday):

On how he received notice of his offer......

"I went to Wisconsin's camp Monday and then I went to Michigan on Tuesday. They asked me to stay overnight and then Coach Carr took me into his office on Wednesday and offered me a scholarship."

On his favorite schools at this point.....

"My favorite schools are Michigan, Mississippi State, Louisville, Georgia Tech and Ball State. I like Michigan the most right now."

On why the Wolverines now lead.....

"I'm excited about working with Coach Loeffler. I think he knows the game, I think he can make me a lot better. I just like my opportunity up there. They really like me and I like that place both academically and athletically. You can't really go wrong and I'm just excited to have the opportunity."

On a possible timetable for a decision......

"I plan on making a decision sometime soon. I don't think I'll need much longer but if I have to drag it out then that's just something I'll have to do."

Ryan Jordan's scouting report on Cone:

Scouting down here in Georgia I've seen him a few times and twice at camps. He's a very solid QB just hasn't gotten a lot of attention because he plays in an extremely run oriented offense. There really aren't many clips you can watch in a game to see him throw the ball because they just don't sling it around that much. He's had it extra tough because he's had to go out and camp at all these schools to prove himself instead of just being able to send in a tape and get an offer. I've liked what I've seen of him at two camps this year and don't be surprised when more schools jump on board with offers soon as well. I believe Georgia Tech will offer soon for one. Great kid, excellent academics.'s Southern Analyst Scott Kennedy adds:

I spent about an hour talking with the Cones at a camp a week ago, and to me David is a guy that is a no-brainer... I have been talking with a lot of people about Cone, and hear, "How come he hasn't been offered yet?"

He's big, he can throw, he manages a game extremely well... he has good mobility (don't get me started on BS 40 times, 5.1 at 6-6 would get him a tight end offer if he wanted it), he comes from a good family, he's smart, and he's a winner...

So what's the problem? Statesboro runs an option attack (see, he's mobile) always have, and will for a long time. You're not going to see him throw the ball a ton in a game, but he can when he has to. I have the game of the year in the state of Georgia on tape, where Cone completes some critical passes to set up a game winning field goal.

I've seen QB's with half the talent pile up offers in the south, and to me, Cone was the guy that I've been talking up that has gotten completely overlooked by some schools.

He's hit the camp circuit, but because he didn't have any offers, no one has felt rushed to offer him yet... Watch them start pouring in now that Michigan has broken the ice.

I'll have film on him for y'all soon. We filmed two of their playoff games last year, and you're going to like what you see...

GoBlueWolverine adds:

Cone was probably the 2nd best quarterback on the day he was at camp, Tuesday, edging out Pa. QB Kevan Smith. In fact, we'd say Cone was the 2nd best QB in attendance for the whole week.

Cone is a strong kid with a strong arm and decent mobility.

It was suggested to us to think: Elvis Grbac. Big, strong kid who only threw about 6 passes a game on a running team -- or so we were told.

It's certainly understandable why he was offered.

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