Enjoying the Recruiting Ride

Franklin (Wis.) High junior quarterback Sean McGuire is already hearing from a number of BCS and Division 1 schools, including Wisconsin. If he was hearing from nobody, that would still be OK by him

MADISON - To realize how much of a dream it is for a high school football athlete to play collegiate, consider the following statistics done through research from the NCAA.

Approximately 5.8 percent, or less than one in 17 of all high school senior boys playing interscholastic football will go on to play football at a NCAA member institution; meaning the chances of playing football on the next level, let alone the National Football League, is the ultimate pipedream.

And if that dream never comes through for Franklin (Wis.) junior quarterback Sean McGuire, it is just fine by him.

"Recruiting to me is just the cherry on top," McGuire told Badger Nation. "The blessing itself is playing football and being a starting quarterback. To play football at the next level and play football for a job would be extra special."

It's still early in the process, but the 6-3, 200-pound quarterback looks to get that opportunity. Already contacted by a number of BCS and Division 1 schools, McGuire has received early interest from Minnesota, Nebraska and Tennessee and considerably more interest from Duke, Boston College, Michigan State and Wisconsin.

Being recruited by Badgers secondary coach Ben Strickland, McGuire got a sampling of what it would be like to play close to home on an unofficial visit for the Badgers' 31-14 victory over Illinois October 6.

"It's been going really well," said McGuire. "Being from Wisconsin, I really enjoy the program. Going to the Illinois game was the first time going to a game this year and the night before, Coach Strickland came down to my game. We keep in touch through email and over the phone for some time now."

McGuire really popped on to Wisconsin's radar in June at Wisconsin's high school summer camp, throwing passes in front of first-year offensive coordinator Matt Canada.

"Coach Canada said I threw the ball effortlessly and had a good release," McGuire said. "It was good to get some positive feedback since I had been working on my mechanics prior to the camps."

McGuire helped lead Franklin to a 7-3 overall record, a second-place finish in the Southeast conference with a 6-1 record and into the second round of the WIAA Playoffs. McGuire passed for over 1,200 yards and 13 touchdowns and rushed for additional eight, despite missing one game with a torn MCL and not playing entire games due to blowouts.

"Our running game really picked up throughout the season, along with our offensive line," said McGuire. "We use to be extremely one dimensional. With our running game picking up, it's really opened up the passing game for us.

"There's a lot more than goes into playing quarterback than just throwing the football. I think most people know that, but you really appreciate putting together drives can do being a quarterback."

The MCL injury occurred in the second quarter of a 24-7 loss to Oak Creek in week three. Getting rolled up on a play that drew a late-hit flag, McGuire was diagnosis with a Grade 2 MCL and hurt ligaments in his ankle. He played the rest of the game, and sat out the following week.

"I was really happy to get back after one week," McGuire said.

That toughness was the main thing McGuire showed during a busy summer on the camp circuit, estimating he was home only three out of 30 days in the month of June. Also attending camps in Boston College, Illinois State, Michigan State, Northern Illinois and Northwestern, McGuire got to impress a lot of coaches over a hectic stretch.

"(Coaches) do appreciate my toughness and the things I stress in the game," said McGuire. "From the way I throw the ball to the way I am a leader off the field will help me in the long run."

"As long as Wisconsin continues to recruit me, I'll have interest in the program," said McGuire. "I definitely will (have interest) being from the state."

For McGuire, that would be the real icing on of cake.

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