Florida's Top QB Prospect?

Every young quarterback dreams of being the next John Elway or Michael Vick. That's how it all starts for a lot of young signal-callers.

Cardinal Gibbons standout Mike Greco wants to have a little both in him. "I want to be like Mike Vick or John Elway," Greco said. "Vick has all the athletic ability in the world. He can beat teams in so many ways. Elway, just the way he is able to win games."

While most quarterbacks don't have the athletic ability to match up with Vick, Greco does. At 6-foot-3 and 205 pounds, Greco has all the athletic tools you want in a player at any position. He was clocked at a 4.37/40 at a camp earlier this spring. His 3.90 shuttle time at that same camp was one of the best there. His 33-inch vertical jump is obviously very impressive for a 6-3 guy, especially a quarterback. Greco feels he can use that athletic ability to his advantage.

"I think that's what makes me different," he said. "The teams know I can run the ball at any time. If they blitz, I can burn them. I'll get outside and just get first downs. If they sit back, I'll use my arm to sit in the pocket and pick them apart."

Greco has been playing the position since he was seven years old. "I've always played quarterback," he said. "My dad helped a lot and there's a guy named Coach Preston that played a big role in helping me get to where I'm at now."

As a junior last season, he threw for 820 yards, ran for 350, and scored a total of 11 touchdowns. Greco said that's just a glimpse.

"I'll do whatever it takes to win," he said. "I see guys throwing for a lot of yards because they get to throw the ball a bunch. As long as we're winning, I'm happy. I know what I can do if I had a chance to throw the ball as much as some other guys."

The talented young signal-caller, who I feel is the top quarterback prospect in the state of Florida right now, has been getting plenty of interest from college coaches. A coach from Florida State was at his spring jamboree. UM quarterbacks coach Dan Werner saw him in action as well. Miami's Larry Coker visited with his coach earlier this week.

"I'm just enjoying the whole process right now," he said. "I have offers from UConn, South Florida, Western Michigan, and Central Michigan but a lot of coaches that stopped through here said just to remain patient."

Greco had a chance to talk to both UM and FSU. "The coach from Florida State said that I looked good and that they're going to be looking at me more later in the year," he said. "Miami said just to be patient. I don't think they have offered any (QB's yet) and he said they will look at a few others."

Greco, who is trying to make room on his schedule for the UM camp in June, said three schools stand out on his list of favorites right now. "NC State is one I'm interested in plus Miami and Florida State," he said. "Those are the top ones right now."

Greco, who also mentioned Rutgers as a possible favorite, said the depth charts at those schools won't play a factor in his decision. "I look at it like this -- if you can't beat 'em, you don't deserve to play," he said. "I'm confident that if I'm given a fair chance that I can beat out anyone."

Photo Courtesy of the Miami Herald


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