|Hometown/School:||Louisville, Ky. (Trinity HS)|
"We run a four wide set with one back. We throw the ball alot," said Louisville, Ky. (Trinity HS) quarterback Brian Brohm, ranked the nation's #13 quarterback by TheInsiders.com.
Last season for Trinity HS, Brian threw for 3,777 yards after completing 226 of 335 passes. The most impressive statistic from his junior year, however, is his touchdown to interception ratio--a mind boggling 47:1.
With 335 passes being thrown and only one stolen by enemy defenders, it's easy to see what characteristic college coaches like about Brian.
"I think accuracy is the biggest thing they like. I completed about 64% of my passes this year. So accuracy, arm strength, and decision making, which is the thing they really tell me they have going for me," admitted Brian, who said he was looking for a modern, west coast offense in college. "I like to run it, but in college I see myself as more of a pocket passer."
At this point in the late summer, Brian has amassed nine scholarship offers from Alabama, Auburn, Iowa, Purdue, Louisville, Kentucky, Tennessee, Illinois, and Notre Dame. With scholarships from some of the best in the midwest and deep south, does Brian heard of any other schools ready to offer him?
"I really don't yet because they can't talk to you until September. Once September comes along, I'll get a better picture of who else will probably offer," said Brian, who will visit Louisville next week and Notre Dame early in the season.
Being a Louisville native, Brian has very strong ties to the Cardinals. His father, Oscar, and brother, Jeff, both played quarterback at Louisville. After a six year stint in the NFL, Jeff returned to Louisville this winter taking over as the quarterback coach.
Should the Cardinals be considered the clear cut choice for Brian's services?
"I wouldn't say that. I'm really interested in Kentucky, Tennessee, and Notre Dame. I went up to Illinois for 7-on-7 and really liked it up there," explained Brian, who has been to all of the aforementioned schools. "Louisville is close to the top right now, but [having Jeff there] is not the only factor in my decision making. I would like to play for a coach who knows me well, obviously he does which is a big plus for them, but I'm still looking around."
Does Brian believe the school's depth chart will play a major factor in his final decision?
"I take that into consideration. Who looks like they're going to be playing, how young their starter is, but anywhere you go you're going to have to compete, so you have to take some of it into consideration but not to much," Brian explained, citing Louisville as an example. "Right now they have a junior starting and they have a redshirt freshman backing him up. I think they brought in three freshman this year (including the much heralded Michael Bush)."
With Penn State's recent miss of a highly touted Pennsylvania quarterback, would Brian be interested in the Nittany Lions?
"Right now I'm open to anybody to call me up and to listen to what they have to offer," stated Brian, who has not had much contact from Penn State yet. "I've gotten some mail from them but not that much. They do have great tradition and a great coach (Joe Paterno), who has been there for many years and knows how to win football games. It's a great place for anyone to play. [The Big Ten] is a great conference with a great tradition."
As it currently stands, Brian does not expect to make a decision until after the finish of his senior season. While he may have a set six schools he likes, Brian does not seem closed to the idea of listening to other schools in order to make the best decision for him.
(Interview by Steve Curry)