Two New Offers

There are several things that MTSU fans have come to expect over the past several seasons: high powered offenses, scrambling quarterbacks and a solid number of Blue Raider players hailing from the state of Florida. The past week has shown that Middle's coaches are committed to making sure that those items will remain a fixture in the years to come.

Middle Tennessee has offered a pair of Sunshine State signal callers in recent days. Keep reading for more details.

Josh Grady profile

Armwood High School's Josh Grady is as athletic as they come. A two-way player, Josh has been getting attention for his time spent at safety as well as quarterback so far. He currently holds scholarship offers from six FBS programs for a variety of positions. Some want him to play safety at the next level. Others are recruiting him as a play caller. Still others have offered him as an athlete, no doubt hoping they can figure out the best fit for their particular roster.

So what does Josh think of all of this?

"I definitely want to play quarterback," Josh says firmly. "I've been playing it all my life and as long as I get a chance to play in an offense that fits my style of play I'm good."

Some might be hard pressed to describe Josh's style of play, but explosive is one word that comes to mind. During his junior season, he accumulated 1,553 yards through the air and 18 touchdown passes while leading his team to the state semi-finals. In contrast, he only threw a total of five interceptions throughout the season. Offsetting his passing game, Josh also rushed for eight touchdowns in 2009.

As previously stated, offense is an important aspect of a team in Josh's mind. He was quick to point out that his current scheme is extremely similar to that of Middle Tennessee's.

"Actually, everything MTSU runs is what we run," he says. "That's the type of offense we try to use, anyway. They utilize their playmakers like we do and have a really elusive quarterback which appeals to me."

So far he's been in touch with a lot of schools, but USF has been talking to him the most. In addition, he's spent time talking to coaches at Northwestern and Middle Tennessee. Representatives from Rutgers attended one of his practices just yesterday to see him throw as well.

Despite the interest he's received so far, Josh insists that he's taking his time and keeping his options open. He plans on attending several camps this summer to get a feel for the coaches and the campuses that he's interested in.

"Once I take all the trips this summer I'll narrow it down to a top ten sort of thing," he says. "I'll just go from there and maybe narrow it down to five before the season and get to a final three eventually."



Sam Richardson profile

Hailing from Winter Park, Fla., quarterback Sam Richardson has received a pair of scholarship offers in the past couple of weeks. First came Tulane and shortly thereafter, Middle Tennessee offered as well.

"I haven't talked to them much at all, actually," Sam says of Middle. "They stopped by the school, said they saw my tape and wanted to make me an offer."

Despite not having much communication with the Blue Raider staff, Sam is familiar with their game plan and says it's a lot like the system he currently plays in.

"We run the spread pretty much the whole time," he says. "We do the whole zone read thing. I'm a pretty good passer, but at the same time I can run the ball a lot."

Sam says that he probably averages 4.7 speed, but that he can kick it up a notch and hit 4.6 on a good day. Regardless of how he's timed, it seems he does the most damage on the ground.

"I think that's where we had our most success last year in the zone reads, when people weren't expecting me to put the ball down and run," he says.

That success is easily recognized when you look at the stats. Sam rushed for 12 touchdowns during his junior season. He was also able to amass over 1,600 yards and 15 additional TD's through the air last season.

When asked about favorites so far, he said the two schools that have offered him are obviously the top two at the moment, but he's waiting to see what else happens and isn't in a rush to make any decisions. This summer, he will attend various camps up and down the East coast with his dad and quarterback coach. The crew might even make a trip out to the West coast for a few camps, too.

Stay tuned to BlueRaiderZone.com for more information on Josh, Sam and other Blue Raider recruits as the year rolls on!

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