Offerless Alabama QB Nathan Rourke Ready to Explode?

Nov. 2 -- Quarterbacks typically finalize their recruiting before their senior seasons, but an international move in search of exposure has slowed the process for Nathan Rourke. May it soon accelerate?

Sixty-eight in a row. 

Not a typo, but after capping the 2015 regular season undefeated yet again, Elmore (Ala.) Edgewoood Academy continues to dominate AISA competition in Alabama while extending America's longest high school win streak. The latest triumph was Friday night against Greenville (Ala.) Fort Dale Academy, a 58-14 win over a fellow playoff qualifier (video above).

Leading Edgewood this time around is Nathan Rourke, a native of Oakville, Ontario, Canada. He's had a banner year leading the Wildcats through the air and on the ground as a senior. 

"It's an honor. This is a great program and I knew this was the expectation when I came here," he said. "It's a winning mentality, which is exactly what I want to be in. It makes my job easy with the talent I have around me, and my coaching staff, with coach (Bobby) Carr. They bring out the best in all of us. 

"As soon as I got here, I knew what was up. This is a family, more than a football team, and they embraced me right away."

Playing alongside emerging national recruit Kelvin Lucky, 2017 star receiver Jackson Tate and others, points have been seemingly easy to come by. It's increased Rourke's profile, but he currently remains offerless as a senior prospect. 

"I'm just taking it day-by-day right now, I'm not too worried about recruiting," he said. "I'm worried about making it 71 straight (wins), that's the main goal -- winning a state championship. These players and coaches deserve it, we'll worry about recruiting when it happens."

UCLA has shown considerable interest of late, looking to further evaluate Rourke in person this month. Florida, Missouri and Louisiana-Lafayette have also reached out. 

"That's the reason I came down here, for the exposure," he said. "And to challenge myself, back home I played against older kids growing up. Coming down here has been that, especially in practice going after each other. 

"Division one is what I want, and the good thing about it is that coach Carr has done it, with Josh Crawford (Vanderbilt) and Tega (Prince Tega Wanogho Jr. - Auburn), so he knows what it takes and he's going to get me where I need to be."

Open to both a spread look, which he runs like a well-oiled machine at Edgewood, or a traditional scheme -- the dual-threat just wants his chance.

"I can learn any offense, and do it quickly," Rourke said. "I feel more comfortable in a spread offense because I've been running it basically my whole life back home. But if you think about going up another level, past Division one, it's pro style. But UCLA is spread, Missouri is spread, those are schools I would love to go to. Florida is in there a little bit, so we'll see."


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