Johnny Stanton, quarterback of Santa Margarita HS, picked up an offer from San Diego State on Wednesday.
"It was good. I talked to the coach, he told me that SDSU was really excited to see me this spring and wanted to offer me," Stanton said.
The conversation didn't stop there.
"Told me they really like the way I play and commented about our season, how we had a great season and how we have a bunch of guys coming back too," Stanton said. "He was very cool. They really like me as a quarterback."
Stanton has earned the nickname "Johnny Tebow," for his Tebow-esque playmaking abilities. He will be able to bring a winning pedigree to a football program of his choice along with an uncanny leadership presence.
As a dual threat quarterback last season, Stanton threw for 2,439 yards with 13 touchdowns and eight interceptions while he also rushed for 1,528 yards and 25 touchdowns. He led Santa Margarita HS to a CIF State D-I championship.
Stanton expects to play quarterback in college as he's coming out this season with a chip on his shoulder.
"I'm able to add to the offense by running but a lot of people think that I'm a running back that can throw, I want to prove those people wrong," Stanton said. "At the beginning of the season with our number one wide receiver out, I had to run to get out of a lot of situations. I think people don't know how good of a passer I am yet, I want to prove that to them."
His doubters would say he needs to work on his passing accuracy and Stanton wouldn't disagree with that.
"I need to work on my accuracy the most," Stanton said. "Our quarterback coach is working a lot with me on my mechanics and all that will lead to better passing percentage and more competitions."
He has been working extremely hard, every day including weekends, with his wide receivers. Also has claimed they have taken the intensity up a notch during spring practice.
Stanton acknowledges he doesn't know a whole lot about the Aztecs program but he has been on the SDSU campus before for an unofficial visit while he played in a passing tournament during his sophomore season.
"I was able to go around the school, visit the practice facility and see the weight room but other that I don't know too much," Stanton said. "I thought the practice facilities were really cool. I loved being able to have the view of the ocean from the school. I thought the atmosphere of the campus was almost familiar, just how everything was set up."
Stanton is not sure when he will visit again but plans on talking to the San Diego State coaching staff on figuring out what weekend to come down to check out the school.
"Johnny Tebow" has also received offers from Air Force, California and Washington.
At the end of the day, the quarterback target is looking to go to a school that has a successful football program and good academics.
"I think it's just looking for the school that I feel most comfortable at, best fit for me," Stanton said. "Mostly comes down to me how I feel around the campus and how I feel about the football program."
One thing that will not factor in to Stanton's decision will be playing time as he isn't concerned about that.
"I will pay my dues as a freshman, maybe a sophomore," Stanton said. "The whole time I would be working towards that starting job but I'm not just going to a school that promises me a starting job from the beginning, I want to work for it."
San Diego State football program has also offered Stanton's Santa Margarita teammates Dane Crane and Connor O'Brien but have yet to offer Riley Sorenson.
"All of us know we are going to the school that best fits each of us and that is best for us," Stanton said. "I think we definitely would be in favor of going to the same school. I think Dane [Crane] and Riley [Sorenson] our tackle have offers from Washington. We definitely would look forward to playing with each other, keeping on our legacy."
After coming off a state championship, expectations have been set even higher for next season.
"We have a lot of guys coming back after a state championship season." Stanton said. "We are looking forward to getting noticed on the national level."
The humble quarterback is more concerned about how he performs as a quarterback rather than his stats.
"I'm not too much of a stat guy, don't worry about that stuff. But I want to do better as a passer," Stanton said. "I think in my last couple games [last season] I threw 9 touchdown passes and only 2 interceptions. If I can keep my momentum I had from the end of last year I think I will do pretty well."
Stanton is expected to attend the NFTC in Oakland and also has earned the honor of being invited to the Elite 11 QB camp in May.
Stanton with a chip on his shoulder
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