Kirbus, Glass Among Ohio's Best At Quarterback

Two quarterbacks who have already made their mark on the football field and will continue to do so this season are Brennen Glass of Springfield South and Rudy Kirbus of Cleveland St. Ignatius. Glass and Kirbus are currently attracting attention from top programs across the Midwest. We caught up with them recently to discuss their upcoming seasons and the latest with recruiting. Click the link for more.

At the recent photo shoot for the Ohio High School Football Guide, we had a chance to catch up with two of Ohio's top quarterback prospects in Springfield South's Brennen Glass and Cleveland St. Ignatius' Rudy Kirbus.

The August season preview edition of Ohio High magazine will contain a feature on a number of the state's top quarterbacks. Here are updates on Glass and Kirbus:

* Brennen Glass, Springfield South -- Glass (6-3, 215, 4.88) followed up his appearance at the photo shoot by attending the combine at the University of Akron May 28.

He recently received his first offer from Eastern Kentucky.

"I got my first offer recently from Eastern Kentucky," he said. "That usually opens up some doors."

Glass said some other schools on his radar include North Carolina, Boston College and Tennessee. He plans on seeing a number of campuses this summer as he attends camps.

"I'm making up the schedule," he said. "I'm planning on going to a lot of one-day camps. I'm not going to any three-day camps."

Glass led the state of Ohio in passing yardage during the regular season. He completed 210 or 355 passes for 3,052 yards and 29 touchdowns. South ended the year 5-5.

"We throw the ball every down, so that's expected," said Glass, in regards to leading the state in passing.

"We work a lot out of the shotgun, but we also do some pro stuff with the dropback pass. But we go a lot with five wide receivers and we throw it quite a bit. We have a bunch of athletic receivers we get it out to and let them do the rest.

"I am used to working out of the shotgun. We work a lot on dropback passing and that is something that college coaches ask about."

Glass believes Springfield South is primed for a big year.

"We'll have Lee Tilley back on the offensive line and Lamar Mapp will be our defensive end and tight end," Glass said. "We have a lot of seniors coming back. We want to win our league championship and get into the playoffs and go from there."

Glass was ranked as Ohio's 25th-best senior prospect in the May edition of Ohio High.

* Rudy Kirbus, Cleveland St. Ignatius -- Kirbus (6-4, 215) helped guide St. Ignatius to a 10-3 mark last year. He completed 73 of 135 passes for 1,437 yards and 18 touchdowns during the regular season.

"Last year ended with a sour taste with our loss in the playoffs to Glenville," Kirbus said. "Everybody is working hard. We're all really excited."

Kirbus enjoyed the chance to rub elbows with many of the state's top prospects.

"You read about all these guys and see them on the Internet," he said. "There are a lot of big guys here and it's just exciting to be here."

Kirbus, ranked as the state's 24th-best prospect by Ohio High, will be joined in the lineup by classmate Rob Parris, ranked 31st-best overall.

"Rob and I have been playing AAU basketball together since we were in the fourth grade," Kirbus said. "So we have a trust in each other. Sometimes I throw a ball up to him that I wouldn't throw up to anybody else. But he can make those plays. He is a great player."

Kirbus said he had no early offers. However, after a fine showing at the Michigan Nike Camp a number of schools had been in touch.

"That's the way it is sometimes with quarterbacks," Kirbus said. "Coaches say they want you to come to camp. They want to see you in person. I'll probably go to some camps this summer. It will definitely be a busy summer.

"Boston College, Virginia, Michigan, Ohio State, Notre Dame and Miami (Ohio) are some schools that have shown some interest."

After losing to Cleveland Glenville in the regional finals a year ago, Kirbus said St. Ignatius is again aiming toward a run at a state title in 2005.

"That's our goal," he said. "We expect to win it. Look at the tradition we have and the players we have playing there. If we didn't set that as our goal, I think we would be cheating ourselves with our tradition and the players before us."

Kirbus talked about playing for legendary head coach Chuck Kyle.

"He's just a great guy," Kirbus said. "The respect that everybody gives him … there is never a problem. He is the greatest motivator I've ever seen. I can't even put it into words. You would have to be there every day and see it."

In terms of what he wants to work on, Kirbus said, "You could always get better with your mechanics and work on your release. You have to make good decisions, too. As a quarterback, you have to give your team a chance. Those are the things I want to work on."

Kyle's St. Ignatius program has been known for producing college quarterbacks in recent years. He believes Kirbus can be the next in that line.

"In high school football, it is great to have the quarterback back, especially one who has that much experience," Kyle said. "He played 13 games last year and has his number one target back. That should be a pretty lethal combination. Hopefully he will continue to get better."

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