RECRUITING: Finley has five favorites

Arlington quarterback Joe John Finley would like to pass more more in college


Finley is an intriguing prospect who has tremendous size and athletic ability, but is somewhat of a raw quarterback prospect.

As a sophomore, Finley started at tight end and worked as the backup quarterback, actually seeing action in two games. Last season Finley became the starting quarterback and rushed for 800 yards and threw for a little over 1,000 yards working out of an offense that is similar to Nebraska's.

"I like the option game, but I think because of my height that I am better suited for the passing game," said Finley. "I know that I want to throw the ball some from the option, because being 6-foot-6 it is to my advantage to throw the ball."

Finley can bench 270 pounds, squats 325 has a 32-inch vertical jump. Finley also starts in hoops (9 ppg) and runs track (110HH/14.5 and throws the discus (162) and he qualified for regional's for both.

Finley's brother is Clint Finley, who started at Nebraska at free safety and is now playing safety with Kansas State.

"I don't think the fact that my brother played at Nebraska really gives them an advantage," said Finley. "I really haven't thought about it much. I don't know if Nebraska's offense really fits my style of play. I have other options that I can look at."

"Oklahoma has offered me and they are only three hours away. OU will throw the ball and they are going to continue to compete for national championships as well. I am also looking at Ohio State, Florida, Texas A&M, Oklahoma and maybe Miami. I really don't have a favorite and I am going to keep my options open."

Finley is blessed with a strong arm and can throw all the routes.

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