Indiana Rocket Man

With the Vols in hot pursuit of a few quarterbacks in their 2004 signing class, this prospect could be one that Coach Phillip Fulmer and staff are keeping an eye on.

It's a very good year for quarterbacks nationally and especially in the Midwest. Pennsylvainia's Chad Henne and Anthony Morelli, Ohio's Brian Hoyer and Illinois gunslinger Sean Lewis are all exceptional signal callers. After watching film of Lafayette (Ind.) Jefferson's Mike Vlahogeorge last night, the race for the best quarterback in the Midwest is as tight as ever.

Vlahogeorge is everything that Jefferson head coach Fred Kutruff says he is and more. Valhogeorge has as strong an arm as I've seen in the past 10 years. He is a legit 6-foot-4 and he can make every throw on the field.

Mike can thread the needle with a bullet on the slant, show touch with a fade pass and shows a lot of zip on the 20-yard sideline pattern. He throws a beautiful deep ball and he will use his athleticism to run the ball and pick up crucial yardage on the ground. Vlahogeorge has very good feet, he holds the ball up high and steps into his throws and delivers strikes all over the field.

If I were looking for any negatives, I'd say that maybe Jefferson being in the shot gun formation every play will hurt Vlahogeorge a little bit because he'll have to get his three, five and seven step drops down when he arrives on the college campus of his choice.

Mike is a very good athlete, so I don't see a real problem with him being a quick study. He throws the ball almost too hard on some of his passes. His head coach (Fred Kutruff) says Mike's biggest problem is he doesn't know when to take a little mustard off of his passes and I agree with that assessment.

In closing, Mike Vlahogeorge, in my opinion, is a national "Top 100" caliber football player and a "Top 10" Midwest prospect.


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