With most schools only taking one quarterback per recruiting cycle, Sayville (NY) West junior Jack Coan has made a strong effort to visit some of the major schools that have offered him a scholarship in the first weeks of spring,
“Kids go a lot earlier at the quarterback position, so you’ve got to make your visits early, try to make a top list of schools and see what you really like,” Coan told BadgerNation. “You never know when a kid could commit to a college you really like and that college is done for you. It’s definitely good to take your visits early.”
Having already visited Boston College, Northwestern and Syracuse, the 6-3, 190-pound Coan was a high-profile visitor in Madison for Wisconsin this weekend. Coan arrived on Friday to meet with the coaching staff and tour the town and spent Saturday watching the team go through its first spring practice.
“I definitely really like it,” Coan said. “Meeting with the coaches, they are a bunch of great guys that I enjoy being around. The town of Madison and the whole campus is very beautiful. The football facilities are really, really nice and I definitely really liked it.”
A pro-style quarterback who led his team to an undefeated season last year, Coan was impressed with Wisconsin head coach Paul Chryst’s ability to mentor and develop quarterbacks over his tenure, including Scott Tolzien and Russell Wilson.
“It definitely means a lot to me,” said Coan. “Looking at his past quarterbacks and the way he’s developed them into N.F.L. quarterbacks, that really means a lot to me. Just him explaining how he develops his quarterbacks really impressed me. I really like his system. I think I fit pretty good into it.”
In addition to his meeting with Chryst, Coan felt comfortable with the campus.
“The campus is situated between two lakes, which is pretty cool,” said Coan. “There are tons of kids always walking around. It was beautiful weather so there was kids playing tennis, basketball and soccer. It just seems like a lively campus, and I really liked it.”
Coan has upcoming trips to Nebraska and Indiana. While he wants to make his decision sooner rather than later, he says he’s not on a timetable.
“I am not going to rush into any decisions,” said Coan. “I’m going to make sure I take the time to make sure I know which college I’m going to before I commit.”