DANA POINT, Calif. -- College coaches have flocked to south Orange County this spring evaluation period to check out perhaps the most highly regarded quarterback prospect in California for the 2017 class.
Yet despite the added attention, Jack Sears has maintained a steady approach to the recruiting process, not tipping his hand one way or the other as the scholarship offers have rolled in.
With a decision about a month away, the 6-foot-3, 205-pound prospect from San Clemente, Calif., has looming visits to California and Washington before he starts to narrow things down, according to his coach, Jaime Ortiz.
“He went through some visits during spring break and visited schools out east, so now he’s focusing on his high school team,” Ortiz told Scout.com at the Dana Hills AirStrike. “When school gets out, he’ll probably take a couple more trips to see where things fit.
“He’s keeping a pretty open mind. For him, from Day 1 it’s been about building relationships with the coaches and making sure he’s getting a quality education. He’s got a 4.0 grade-point average, and that goes hand in hand with the programs that are recruiting him.”
The Golden Bears extended a scholarship offer last week after seeing him throw, and Sears intends to visit campus this weekend while he’s in the area to compete at The Oakland Opening Regional.
“There are certain guys that can do one thing in an offense, but Jack has the physical stature and mental aspect to do both,” Ortiz said. “You look at UCLA and they’ve got Josh Rosen, and after that there will be a good competition for that spot. You look at USC and, honestly, with Max Browne and Sam Darnold there, who starts this season could probably affect other quarterbacks in the future. If it’s Max, then Sam will sit and then the next guy has to sit, and it’s a domino effect.
“Wherever Jack goes, he’s going to compete. When Texas A&M offered and they had Tate Martell committed, Jack said he would compete with whoever, whether he goes to USC and competes against Max Browne and Sam in the future or he goes to UCLA and competes against Devon Modster or at Utah with the Tyler Huntley kid. There are a bunch of kids out there, so he doesn’t care. Jack just wants to go compete -- he’s not really that chess-piece guy that looks at this or that. It’s about the relationships and the university, and basing it off playing as a true freshman is not in his nature.”
The plan is for Sears to enroll early, so a decision timeframe is due at some point in late June or early July.
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“The biggest thing we’ve talked about is that he feels comfortable in that decision and doesn’t rush it,” Ortiz said. “We’ve seen the last couple of years that guys set an announcement date but don’t really know the answer to that question. Jack has been very cerebral in going through the process with his father and giving each school their attention before narrowing things down.”