"Absolutely," was Pacak's emphatic answer when asked if Rawlins, who has received the tag of a 'running' or 'dual-threat' in some quarters -- often code for 'can't throw'. "He can throw it at the college level. Speaking with coach Jake [Spavital] and coach Dana [Holgorsen], they watched him throw. He is the total package. He can flat out throw the ball. He throws it long and short."
While Pacak is quick to give glowing reviews on Rawlins' physical abilities, he was just as quick to point out another facet of his senior star's makeup.
"The real intangible is that he is another coach on the field. He understands the game. He watches as much film as a coach. He doesn't play [video games] or any of that. He spends his time watching film."
That devotion to the game comes from a long association with Monessen. Rawlins has been around the program since he was seven years old, due to his older brother's presence on the team. Once he began showing up, he never stopped.
"He's a locker room rat," Pacak said. "He started out here with his brother, then he was a manager, and he has just always been around the program. We have a big history of success with a lot of athletes here, but you could see early on he was good. You could see the athleticism by the time he was in the ninth grade, and by them you could tell he had the chance to be great. He worked at it, too. He blew on that fire and just kept on working.
"We've never had a player recruited this heavily since the 70s," Pacak continued. "We've had a lot of kids do tremendously well and go to college and have great success, but as far as quarterbacks go there's no one to really compare him to."
Pacak is also impressed by Rawlins' comportment off the field. He's a student representative on several committees, and is a natural leader who does work and lets his actions show the way.
"He's like that in every phase of his life," Pacak said. "He hasn't had a detention in 12 years. He probably has never been late to school in his life. He's just a great leader who works at everything he does."