Winter Springs QB/ATH set to visit SMU Friday

Winter Springs quarteraback Garrett Etheridge will take in SMU this Friday, before hitting the Elite 11 camp on Saturday. Why is the Florida product interested in the Mustangs? Come inside to find out his story!

Garrett Etheridge, QB, 6-0, 180, Winter Springs High, Winter Springs, Florida will be a senior this year, 2010, and is already making unofficial recruiting visits. For example during a trip to the Elite 11 Quarterback Camp at TCU, Fort Worth, Texas he made stops at North Texas, TCU, and will be visiting SMU this Friday. He is getting interest from some Sun Belt, Big East, Mountain West, Big 12 and SEC schools.

Over the past year he has attended the UnderArmor Combine held in Jacksonville, Florida, the Elite 11 Quarterback Camp at TCU, the Middle Tennessee Junior Day Camp, University of Cincinnati camp, UCF Junior Camp, camped at Dallas High School Combine and others. Of course he learned from his father's M-Pact Sports Academy, considered the best sports training facility in the Orlando, Florida area.

While he is listed at some sites at 5-10, 160 lbs., according to his High School Head Football Coach Matt Hesselbart, "he has grown" to his present height and weight and feels Etheridge still has room to grow because his father Trey is 6-4.

"We run a two quarterback system" explained Hesselbart when talking about the type of "modified spread" system they employ. They "always have three wide receivers" with no tight ends and two backs. Last season Etheridge was one of the quarterbacks in the system so he had shared duties. Because of the system, his junior numbers do not stand out, however, this year things could be different.

Hesselbart stated Etheridge is "the best athlete on the team" and because of it, he has used his talents at several different positions. While he was the sharing QB duties, he at times was the wide receiver, punt returner, defensive back and safety.

"He's a tough kid," is coachable and "plays with his feet," Hesselbart said. "When I need a first down" he is going to Etheridge because he"makes things happen." The coach trusts the ball in his star athlete's hand and makes no bones about it.

There is no question Etheridge is going to get scholarship offers from some big name schools. When college coaches get a tape of Etheridge they are surprised at his abilities and interest immediately picks up. College coaches from all over are keeping in contact with the Hesselbart to see how Etheridge is doing and how his senior year will progress. According to the coach "you would have to see the tape" to understand how good this kid plays.

At the next level they are looking to recruit him as an athlete and Hesselbart agrees with it. However he says Etheridge can play quarterback at the next level, in the right system and the right college. "If he was 6-4 all the major programs would be after him" the coach said. His height could hurt his recruiting at some schools but if a program is willing to"roll him out to use his skills" he can play big time ball at the quarterback slot.

As for Etheridge, he understands the situation and is willing to play any position that a college needs but his passion is quarterback.

Why would someone from Florida be interested in attending school in Texas specifically the Dallas/Fort Worth area? The answer is simple. The Etheridge family is from the North Texas area and he wants to return home.

Right now Etheridge is on the baseball team playing second base and one of the top hitters on the team.

He has a 3.8 GPA, on the honor role and takes Advance Placement Courses so there will be no problems being qualified.

Winter Springs, is just north of Orlando, Florida and was established in 1997. As for Etheridge graduating next year "he'll be missed around here" his coach stated.

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