DuRocher Getting Big Looks

With a very impressive highlight reel, Johnny DuRocher from Spanaway, Wash., is emerging as one of the best quarterbacks in the country. He talks about his recruitment...

Quarterback Johnny DuRocher, 6-4, 200, 4.78, Spanaway (Wash.) Bethel, is getting attention from across the country. His highlight tape has been drawing rave reviews.

DuRocher has a big arm, a nice easy release and great feet in the pocket. With the NCAA evaluation period in full swing, college coaches are heading to his high school daily to take a good look at one of the best pro-style quarterbacks in the west.

"UCLA was at my high school a couple of days ago," DuRocher said. "They called tonight too, but I missed the call. As far as I know right now Arizona State is coming up to the school. Cal is coming up, and Notre Dame.. Alabama is supposed to be coming to the school, too."

In addition to those schools, DeRocher is hearing from Stanford, Arizona and Washington. "Actually I just got a call from Coach Neuheisel tonight. He offered me a scholarship," he said.

Other offers arrived early from Oregon, Oregon St., Stanford and Arizona. Along with Washington, UCLA recently offered a scholarship. "I would say right now I am most interested in those schools that have offered me and then Notre Dame." When asked which schools are presently recruiting him the hardest DuRocher said, "probably Oregon, Stanford, Washington, UCLA and Notre Dame."

As a junior, DuRocher threw for 2300 yards, 24 touchdowns and six interceptions. He stays in shape in the off-season by working out with his father, John, Sr., who played quarterback in college at Eastern Washington.

Despite ties to the Northwest, DuRocher is open to playing in any part of the country. "My family says it doesn't matter where I play," he said. "They said wherever I go they will be right there watching me play, so that's good to know. That kind of makes the decision a little bit easier for me."

DuRocher will attend the Nike Camp in Palo Alto next Saturday, and then he plans to attend camps at Oregon, Oregon St. and Washington during the summer.

DuRocher took the SAT on May 4, and he carries a 3.6 GPA.


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