BERKELEY, Calif. -- The saying goes, you build a quarterback from the ground, up. One look at the feet of new Pleasanton (Calif.) Foothill 2018 signal caller Ben Wooldridge, and it’s very apparent who’s been doing the building: Will Hewlett.
The smooth footwork, the effortless drops, and the quick release – they’re all hallmarks of quarterbacks who have spent time at The Range.
Moving up, Wooldridge has an effortless release with high RPMs, and at a seven-on-seven practice session for Kenion Training on Saturday, he showed great vision and an ability to make all the throws on the field, from touch fades to the back of the end zone to short zingers.
“Ben has amazing poise and a great foundation to build on for a freshman,” Hewlett said. “His arm strength is as good as any in EBAL, as well having major upside with his frame. He’s coachable and very dedicated to the process. I expect him to have a great high school career and beyond.”
Wooldridge has a heady task ahead of him – replacing longtime Foothill starter (and Wake Forest signee) Kyle Kearns, after coming over from run-heavy San Ramon (Calif.) California.
“I moved there at the end of football season, so I was waiting to transfer after basketball, because I play that, too,” Wooldridge said.
The 2018 signal caller spent two weeks this spring working out with the Falcons, and though there were some jitters at first, he quickly settled in.
“I’m very excited,” Wooldridge said. “At first, yeah, there were nerves, but they went away after a little while, and I think I did OK.”
It doesn’t help that he’s got a veteran presence in the backfield, in the person of running back Isaiah Floyd, who just so happens to be his seven-on-seven teammate for Kenion Training.
“He’s very valuable. He gives a lot of veteran tips, and it’s very helpful,” Wooldridge said.
Being a 2018 prospect, recruiting is just getting started for the baby-faced Wooldridge, who’s attended a satellite camp put on by Washington State, as well as a seven-on-seven event at San Jose State. The Cougars, though, hold a special place in Wooldridge’s heart.
“Right now, my dream would be to go to Washington State or something like that, because they throw the ball so much, and I went to their camp, and I like their coaching staff a lot,” Wooldridge said. “I went up there with my mom to visit, and I looked around the school. It was nice.”