Recruiting: Juco QB set to visit Norman

California junior college quarterback lists OU, Michigan and Wyoming.


Folks, only in recruiting can a talent like Joey Halzle still be looking for a place to play. How can a guy this good not get one offer out of high school?

Just by the looks of things, Halzle has everything that a quarterback needs to be a great one, and the way he has played on the field shows that he has great potential.

Coming out of West Lake Oaks Christian High in California, Halzle erupted on the JUCO scene this past year throwing for close to 2,000 yards and throwing 18 throwing touchdowns while rushing for three more.

"I didn't play my freshman year because I broke my ankle, but I was fortunate in that I broke it before the season started so I was able to grayshirt," said Halzle. "I was able to just go to school without actually being on the team, so I didn't lose any eligibility. I still have four years to play three, and I have a redshirt year available to me.

"This past year was my only year to start and it was a good time to get back on the field after missing a year. I am glad that I was able to get a year of junior college ball under my belt, especially after sitting out a year in high school. It has prepared me for the next level."

During his senior year in high school, Halzle threw for 2,500 yards and 28 touchdowns. Halzle, a three-year starter in high school, earned All-CIF and All-League honors during his senior year while his team to the All-CIF championship.

"I went to junior college because I didn't have any scholarship offers coming out of high school," said Halzle. "I was much smaller in high school. I have put on 25 to 30 pounds in junior college, so I feel I have matured a great deal. I think junior college has been a positive to me. It was good to get the experience under my belt, and it was good to work hard and play a year the whole college scene."

Halzle can bench 315 pounds, squat 400 and he has posted a vertical jump of 28.6 inches. Halzle is a versatile quarterback, but he is best when throwing the pigskin.

"I am more of a pro-style quarterback, but I don't mind running the ball. In high school I operated and ran a spread offense, but in junior college it was more of a pro-style, west coast offense. We still did some spread in the offense, but for the most part it was a pro set.

"I have confidence in my arm that I can make all the throws that I have to. Actually, I think my arm is one of my strengths. I also have a 4.0 GPA in college, so I think I am fairly intelligent. And I feel I can read defenses pretty well."

Halzle wasn't offered out of high school, but in junior college he is receiving offers from some of the best teams in the country.

"Right now I have three offers and two visits set up from the University of Oklahoma, University of Michigan and University of Wyoming," said Halzle. "I have my visit set up for Oklahoma tomorrow and I am looking forward to that. I just want to meet all the coaches and hear what they want to say and then take my visits and see what these colleges are all about.

"I met Coach (Chuck) Long for the first time earlier this week after talking on the phone to him several times. I am looking forward to my visit to OU, because everybody knows that Oklahoma has one of the top two or three programs in college football right now.

"I have met with a Michigan coach and I know they are another good program, but I don't know enough about any of three schools to say much about them right now. I know that Oklahoma is a great program, and if I had to say right now who I am leaning too right now I would say Oklahoma."

Halzle believes he can play in any offense, but when he runs the football it is mostly off of play-action bootlegs and scrambles.

Halzle plans to study business.

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