2016 Galveston Ball quarterback Gannon Rawlins has been working to get noticed for quite some time now and it’s just starting to pay off.
Out of 30 quarterbacks, Rawlins earned MVP for his day at the Next Level camp on March 22.
“I had a pretty decent day. I think I did a lot better on the cone drills with my feet,” Rawlins said. “I think I could have had a few better balls, but I performed well enough to get MVP so I guess I did pretty good.”
On March 21, Rawlins attended SMU’s junior day and watched practice as well and got to spend plenty of time with SMU head coach Chad Morris.
“I went to their junior day two weeks ago and I think it went really well. I was by coach Morris’ side most of the time,” Rawlins said. “We had a connection right off the bat. As far as a conversation, we were just talking like normal people and I think that’s something special.”
Aside from hitting it off with Morris, Rawlins respects SMU’s world class education.
“SMU is just a great school. For me to get a free education from there would be outstanding,” Rawlins said. “I plan on kinesiology or pre-med and that’s something they’re real good at. They have everything I need to succeed.”
Offensive coordinator Joe Craddock and head coach Chad Morris have talked with Rawlins and invited him to camp this summer. Defensive line coach Buddy Wyatt and Rawlins’ dad went to TCU together as well.
Rawlins took note at practice of the tempo SMU is trying to operate with, which he believes he is at his best when he’s going fast.
“I didn’t observe it too much. I like the motions they’re putting in. Everything is real quick and that’s something I’m good at, Rawlins said. “For me to think on the fly is a big attribute. When thinking about tempo, that’s the way for me.”
Rawlins believes it’s his off the field work that helps him the most and that allows him to step up for his team.
“Mentally, I won’t be outworked. I find a way to put my team in really good situations,” Rawlins said. “I don’t mind putting the team on my shoulders if that’s what it takes to win. For me to have a mindset like that is a really good attribute.”
Physically, Rawlins played tight end for about half the year for Galveston so he’s a little raw as a passer, but all of the physical attributes are there.
“I have very quick feet. I can use my feet well and I’m good getting outside of the pocket and throwing it down the field,” Rawlins said. “When the line breaks from the outside, I can step up into the pocket. Under pressure, I’m the guy you want to go to.”
With a 4.17 shuttle and 4.76 40-yard dash to go with his frame, colleges could start really coming after Rawlins at tight end and quarterback.
Rawlins is visiting UCLA later this spring and will go on April 4 to Bucknell. Rawlins doesn’t have any set plans in terms of coming back to SMU for the spring game, but will likely camp this summer.