Scout Rating: ***
Scout Rank: 23
Size: 6-4, 215
Hometown: (Catholic HS)
New Iberia, LA
Projected position at OM: Quarterback
Accolades: HIGH SCHOOL: Listed as a 4-star recruit by 247Sports.com and ESPN.com ... Rated the 10th-best dual-threat quarterback in the country by 247Sports.com and 11th by ESPN.com ... Scout.com tabbed him the No. 23 overall QB in the 2015 class and the top QB prospect in the state of Louisiana ... Listed as the 13th-best prospect in Louisiana by 247Sports.com ... Led his high school to its first ever undefeated regular season and a berth in the 2014 LHSAA Division III title game his senior year ... Named District MVP and Daily Iberian Offensive MVP ... Operating the Panthers' Wing-T offense, completed 63 of 111 passes for 1,099 yards and 13 touchdowns, while rushing for 1,103 yards and 28 more scores ... As a junior, he led New Iberia Catholic to a 9-3 reocrd and state semifinals berth while accounting for 34 touchdowns (22 passing, 12 rushing), 1,917 passing yards and 786 rushing yards ... Coached in high school by Brent Indest ... Also played basketball and baseball.
Recruiting Competition: Jason committed to the Rebels back in the summer and stuck with his commitment throughout, even though the temptation was there from schools such as Nebraska, California, Northwestern, Penn State and Tulane.
Reb QB Coach Dan Werner: "There are a couple different things that you have to have to be a college QB. The first thing is you have to have the arm strength and decent size and speed. Once you find those guys then you have to start looking deeper into it. Their decision making becomes critical. On the field I am talking about, the passing game. When the pocket breaks down how he handles the pressure. We call that pocket presence. Then we get into the grades and how he handles himself off the field. What type of leader he is so there is really all sorts of things we are looking at. Jason has all of these qualities. Obviously, he is a big kid. Obviously, he’s a leader. Obviously, he’s smart and obviously he has a live arm. He fits our offense."
Scouting Report: Some recruiters let the offense Jason played in – Wing-T – cloud their judgment, but his passing numbers are solid and he can make all the throws necessary, plus he fits into the Rebel offense in that he is a threat to run in the read option game. Big, strong, athletic, smart, a leader – all the ingredients you look for in a QB.
Coach Hugh Freeze Quote: “We committed Jason back in June and never had any second thoughts. It was kind of like Eric Swinney at running back – we had our man, he was a man of his word and everyone was pleased from the early going. We believe the upside for Jason is very high. We love his size and his arm and we love the intangibles. He’s very bright, very coachable and very driven to succeed. I’m glad we’ve got him.”
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