"Every recruiter who comes in here to see Kurt is really impressed once they see him on the hoof and they see his highlight film," explains Coach Vince Suriano.
Quarterback Kurt Shoemaker is turning a lot of heads at Division I-A programs with his on field ability and performance. At 6'3", 195 pounds, Coach Suriano explains Kurt's biggest strengths are "his quick release, strong arm, and his range for a kid his size."
Although Kurt has not received any offers yet, some of the major programs vying for his talent are Northwestern, Ohio University, Miami (OH), Illinois, and Cincinnati. Kurt has already committed to camp at Northwestern and Cincinnati this summer.
Coach Suriano is most impressed with Kurt's willingness to work on aspects of his game that could be improved. "Last year, he was in between 4.9 and 5.0 in his forty time. Kurt went out for track to work on his speed and he was timed at 4.76, 4.74, and 4.72 last week, so he has really improved."
A couple parts of Kurt's game that Coach Suriano feels could use improvement are his footwork and his passing form. "Every once in a while when his arm get tired Kurt drops his elbow, kind of like a baseball player. This is something we are working on. As far as footwork is concerned, every quarterback needs to work on footwork. Overall, Kurt does not have a lot of flaws."
This past year Kurt was 110 of 190 passing for 1,276 yards and 8 touchdowns with 650 yards rushing. He will be the first two-year starter for Coach Suriano since he has become head coach at Cincinnati Anderson.
Matt Mullenax's on field performance is just as impressive as his 4.056 GPA he accomplishes in the classroom. Despite missing six games last season with a broken collarbone, Matt is getting looks from major Division I programs, including Duke, Cincinnati, Pittsburgh, all the Mid-American Conference programs, all the Ivy League programs, and all of the Academies.
"He is a smart kid with good character," explains Coach Suriano. "Matt has good hands and makes things happen. He is an outstanding possession receiver. He is a Wayne Chrebet type player." Matt runs a 4.5 forty, and Coach Suriano feels Matt will become more marketable the faster he gets.
Matt will attend several one-day camps this summer. Performing well at camp will be crucial in the recruiting of Matt Mullenax in light of his injury last season.
Rob Sherman is a strong, high profile lineman. Although he plays tackle in high school, he will most likely play the guard position at the next level. "Rob has a great work ethic and attitude," says Coach Suriano, "He is physical and can run well with a 5.28 forty time."
Rob is gaining attention from all the Mid-American programs, Illinois, Indiana, Pittsburgh, Cincinnati, Duke, Maryland, Northwestern, and Wake Forest. "Rob really likes Wake Forest. He likes the coaching staff and the whole atmosphere down there," says Coach Suriano.
Rob Sherman will be camping at Illinois, Ohio, and Wake Forest in addition to a lot of one-day camps this summer.
Moving to the defensive side of the ball, safety Brandon Wamsley is getting noticed for his speed and his aggressiveness. He hits hard and is a good tackler. However, at 6'3", 195 pounds with a 4.5 forty, Brandon has the size and speed to be a wide receiver in college. "We plan on introducing him into the offensive scheme this year," say Coach Suriano.
Programs that are most interested in Brandon's talent are West Virginia, Ohio State, Pittsburgh, Cincinnati, and Maryland, which is showing the most interest. Brandon plans on attending several one-day camps in addition to camps at the aforementioned schools.
Overall, Coach Suriano is extremely pleased with these four players. He says they all work hard on all aspects of their game and are always looking to improve. Coach has high expectations for the upcoming season and high expectations for these four players, both for the 2003-2004 season and on the college field.