Lutheran North High School coach Carl Reed predicted his quarterback, Aqeel Glass, would start to see scholarship offers rolling in once colleges could get a look at him this spring during the evaluation period.
Glass received his first offer Wednesday — from Florida International — after a coach from another school visited Lutheran North and gave a favorable review of the Class of 2017 quarterback to FIU coach Ron Turner.
“They didn’t come check me out but Coach Reed said that they reached out to him and showed him interest in me,” Glass said of FIU. Coach Turner’s son, who works at Stanford, was actually up at the school. He came in and saw me and he called his dad. Coach (Reed) said after that they offered.”
Ron Turner’s son, Morgan, is a tight ends coach at Stanford.
“I was excited and relieved that I got my first offer,” Glass said. “It’s like a weight lifted off your shoulders.”
That first offer is likely to lead to more.
After making a position switch to quarterback early in his junior season, Glass completed 56.1 percent of his passes for 2,811 yards, with 32 touchdowns and 14 interceptions, and also ran for 106 yards and eight touchdowns.
Reed has assembled a strong roster of talent at Lutheran North that has attracted several schools to visit the school in the St. Louis suburbs.
Glass said several schools have visited North this spring and he has talked to a few regarding his recruitment.
The 6-foot-5, 220-pounder said he will compete at The Opening regional in Chicago this Saturday. Then he is already planning to visit some school camps this summer.
“Probably Iowa, Illinois and Louisiana Tech are the only ones that I’m for sure of right now,” Glass said.