Recruiting 2019: Mertz Shows Up at Minicamp

Recruiting quarterbacks is so much a process and Kansas prospect Graham Mertz has all the tools, but schools want to see him in the role of starting quarterback and leading a team. He will have that opportunity this fall at Blue Valley North and with Power Five schools already watching that could lead to a flood of choices.

STILLWATER -- One of the most interesting aspects of camps is learning about a prospect that either you didn't know about or one that is completely, at least mostly unknown. Graham Mertz is not an unknown as Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kansas State, Louisville, Minnesota, Oklahoma State, Northwestern, and Wisconsin have all shown interest in the 6-3, 202 pound quarterback that will likely get his first starting quarterback role this coming season at Kansas powerhouse Blue Valley North.

Mertz came to the Mustangs from another power Bishop Miege where he was part of two state championship teams the past two seasons. As a freshman, Mertz completed one of two passes for eight-yards and had eight carries for 26-yards. Last season he completed 14-of-25 passing for 135-yards and two touchdowns with no interceptions. His rushing numbers were virtually nothing, slightly in the negative because of sacks.

You watch Mertz throw the football and he has a very strong arm, good touch, and is fairly accurate. He just needs game reps and those are coming. He is solid enough as an athlete and his 5-10-5 shuttle was a very solid 4.53. 

Those schools mentioned above are waiting on one thing, the one aspect of his game that is a mystery and that is how he will lead a team as the quarterback. How will he play and react when defenses study him and game plan to take away what he does best. Those are answers that will have to come before the scholarship offers will come in. Mertz said he is ready for that challenge and looks forward to it at his new school Blue Valley North. 

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