Sam Glaesmann tried to stay focused on football this spring.
Last season the 6-foot-3, 195-pound quarterback from Waco, Texas, didn’t start for Midway High School. Instead, he backed up senior Ben Hicks, who threw for more than 3,500 yards and tossed 28 touchdowns before signing with SMU over the winter.
Glaesmann stepped to the forefront this spring as the presumptive starter, which means finally cracking the first team as a senior. He’s intent on winning that job despite the distraction of a recruitment built purely on his potential.
“I’ve really been focusing on my weight and my strength,” Glaesmann said. “I’ve been spending a bunch of time in the film room either at the school or at the house. With me not playing last year as a starter, I really need to start being able to understand the coverages and stuff like that to where it’s just muscle memory and a lot easier for me.”
Lack of varsity playing experience has also held back Glaesmann’s recruitment, which added to the importance of the spring evaluation period.
“I look on my Twitter and see freshmen and sophomores getting offered,” Glaesmann said. “It’s kinda tough for me knowing that I haven’t even played a down of football as a starter. A lot of people say, ‘We like what we see on film. We need to see you in person.’ Or they haven’t seen enough of me live yet. I think it sort of postpones my recruiting.
“I think it’s definitely held me back but it’s also a blessing that schools are willing to offer and talk to me without me even being a starter. I think it’s a very blessed opportunity for me.”
Notre Dame dispatched offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Mike Sanford for a look as he swung through Texas, one of his territories.
Glaesmann hadn’t been expecting the visit.
“They came to town and I’d never really talked to them ever,” he said. “Their quarterback coach and offensive coordinator watched me practice. He talked to my coaches and I talked to him a little bit. That was really out of the blue. I had no clue they were even interested. We’ll see how that goes from here.”
Despite keeping his focus on his current team, Glaesmann appreciates when college coaches stop in Waco to watch him throw.
“Definitely I love when they come to town so I can put on a show,” Glaesmann said. “It’s a cool situation for me to know that big schools like talking to me. You have all these schools, their rivals, that are like, ‘We heard you’re talking to them.’ It’s kinda cool being able to talk to big schools even though I haven’t really played. But it also puts some pressure on me knowing they have so many guys they’re talking to, so I really need to show out.”