With the end of the season, Missouri coaches are out on the recruiting trail in force. ShowMeMizzou.com spoke with 2013 QB prospect Eddie Printz 6'4" 209 Marrietta (GA) Lassiter, and the Missouri commit talked about his pending early arrival.
Printz told me that Missouri assistant coach Alex Grinch had visited him in his home the night before we spoke. And, he's looking forward to his mid-January arrival at Mizzou.
"I'm excited! I can't wait to get there and start competing, start taking classes, and start being part of the team," said Printz, who reported a personal best of 4.59 seconds in the forty-yard dash, a 34" standing vertical jump, and personal bests of 275 pounds in the bench press and 375 pounds in the squat. "I'm looking forward to being there."
Printz, who has been selected to play in the Semper Fidelis All-American Bowl on January 4, 2013 in the Los Angeles area, led his Lassiter squad to a 10-0 regular season record and a #1 ranking in the state, before bowing out in the state playoffs to Brookwood, 21-24 in overtime. He completed his remarkable senior season 211-309-7 (68%) for 2959 yards (9.58 yards/pass attempt) and 29 TDs passing, with a passer efficiency rating of 175.16. Printz finished his high school career with a 65% completion rate, 8751 passing yards, and 74 passing TDs.
"I can't wait to get into the playbook (at Missouri), and just look it over," said Printz, who is also under consideration for Atlanta-area Player of the Year honors. "(Missouri) throws the ball just like we did (in high school). So, I'm going to compare it to what we did, and see (the differences), and try to learn some new (things)."
"Coach Yost is going to have a few new tricks for me to learn, as far as, I'm sure, like technique-wise, or footwork-wise, or something," explained Printz. "I can't wait to get there and learn that………………………………………. I'm excited to get to the next level, and see what Coach Yost has to offer me, and absorb as much as I can."
Lassiter runs a shotgun spread offense similar to Missouri's. Printz talked about what he does well, and included throwing out routes (10-12 yards), and post routes among his favorite throws. He also has experience with "read routes" similar to some of what Missouri does.
In talking to Printz, he seems to be well-prepared to make the transition to college, and to running Missouri's offense. He's looking forward to beginning to develop rapport with his new receivers.
"Almost every pass play, we'd have some sort of receiver running a read route, or a read-go, come-back read, or a crossing-read," explained Printz. "The majority of our 90-set, or our deeper pass plays, were reading routes. The better I know my receiver, the better the play works."
I asked Printz to identify his strengths as a QB?
Printz replied, "I believe my strengths are pocket presence, leadership, the ability to move the ball down the field, and spread the ball around, and making the read when it's a run play-pass play, by pulling it or giving it, and just putting my team in the best situation throughout the game."
I asked Printz how he feels about coming in and competing for a job?
"I'm fine with (competing for a position)," replied Printz. "Wherever you go, you're going to have to compete. I can't wait to get up there, and give it my best. I'll do everything I can, and just leave it on the field."
Backtracking a bit, I asked Printz what went in to his decision to choose Missouri?
"I got along with the coaching staff great," answered Printz. "Coach Yost and I hit it off real well, along with Coach Pinkel, and Coach Grinch, and all the other coaches. I hung out with some of the players and we bonded great. And, I knew the offense would fit smoothly, because it's extremely similar to what we ran in high school. Our family talked about it, and we looked at what Missouri had to offer, and we loved what we saw."
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