At 5-11, 156 pounds, Corey Gattis may not be the biggest quarterback around but their were few players in North Carolina more productive at that position in 2007. The Hillside (Durham, NC) High School standout completed 137 of 270 passes for 2,806 yards and an amazing 28 touchdowns en route to all-conference honors.
While Gattis may not have prototypical size for a division one QB, he does boast the speed and athleticism that has garnered looks from several major schools. At a recent Nike Combine he ran a blazing 4.51-second laser timed 40-yard dash which was one of the best times of the event. He also logged an impressive 4.09-second pro shuttle and 35-inch vertical jump. Those numbers should be good enough to earn him a shot at a variety of positions in college.
“Most coaches have been saying I have the ability to play quarterback but they kind of want to see me play receiver or defensive back more, said Gattis. “I can do either one because of my athletic ability.”
Gattis has been busy checking out several schools over the last few weeks and has some trips planned in the near future. He gave Pack Pride the latest.
“This past week I went to Wake Forest for a practice,” said Gattis. “I went to junior day at Duke. I’m hearing from East Carolina and Virginia and I’m going down to Clemson on April 5th. I’m hearing from Presbyterian, also.”
Gattis’ first trip was to NC State for junior day a couple of weeks ago. It just so happens the Pack is considering him for another sport as well. Gattis talked about his trip to State.
“The campus is real nice,” he said. “The coaches, they seemed nice. My cousin, Dovonte Edwards, he went there and graduated from State and he’s playing at Minnesota now. So State is an option and they’re also recruiting me for baseball, too. Coach Swepson is the coach recruiting me for State.”
While the Pack has expressed early interest, they didn’t make Gattis’ favorite’s list just yet.
“Right now my top schools would be Duke, Clemson, Maryland and Presbyterian,” he said.
Gattis plans to camp at Duke, Wake Forest, Clemson, Maryland and UNC this summer.