2011 Intro: B.J. Sherrill

MOUNT ULLA, N.C. --- With the graduation of All-American tailback Kevin Parks, much of the offensive workload this coming season will fall on the shoulders of B.J. Sherrill, the unsung quarterback who has helped West Rowan to back-to-back NCHSAA 3A State Titles.

"With losing K.P., we're going to rely on B.J. more this season – there's no doubt about it," Young said. "… It's hard to project if we'll throw for more yards or less yards. We may have to rely on B.J. to beat [opponents] with his legs next year. We have been really good the past few years about taking what the defense gives us. "

"I really have to step my game up," Sherrill said. "I know a lot will fall on my shoulders. We all just have to pick it up as a team."

Sherrill is 30-0 as a starting quarterback for West Rowan. The 5-foot-11, 225-pounder took over the starting job three games into his sophomore season.

"I was sharing time with Jon Crucitti [the first two games of the season]," Sherrill said. "He's such a good athlete that we figured we'd be better with me at quarterback and him lining up all over the field."

Sherrill passed for over 1,600 yards and five touchdowns during his sophomore season. He ended his junior season with 2,192 yards and 20 touchdowns on 145-of-226 passing (64-percent).

Richmond, a Division I-AA school, offered Sherrill a scholarship a couple of months ago. He's also receiving interest from several Division I-A schools, including Duke, East Carolina, North Carolina, NC State, and Wake Forest. ECU, though, seems the most likely to become the first Division I-A school to offer him.

"He has to go down March 27 for their junior day," Young said. "We hope that day goes well. I've already been in contact with Coach Kirkpatrick and Coach Jones. They're very interested [and] they like the tape they've seen, but they want to meet him and his family in-person on campus."

Additionally, Sherrill is one of six quarterbacks Wake Forest has invited to its one-day camp on June 13, according to Young. Based on what Young has been told, the Demon Deacons' coaches will offer one of those quarterbacks.

Besides Wake Forest, Sherrill is considering camping at East Carolina.

Sherrill is exclusively being recruited as a quarterback.

"Quarterback is what I want to play," Sherrill said. "If a school offers me for another position, I'd still look at them."

Although he is dangerous as a runner, Young considers Sherrill a pocket passer.

"He runs a 4.8 [40-yard dash] and at 225 [pounds] that's not bad and he can hurt a defense with his legs," Young said. "But we don't call but 15-18 passes, so when we call them we want him to throw it."

Ideally, Sherrill would like to make a verbal commitment before the football season. He currently isn't favoring any schools.

"I really don't want to worry about [recruiting] too much during the season," Sherrill said.

Along with his cousin and teammate Dominique Noble, Sherrill has attended a junior day at Wake Forest and a football game at Duke.

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