Saucier Lands 1st Offer

The first scholarship offer is always crucial for a football prospect, and John Curtis Christian senior quarterback Matt Saucier received his initial offer recently from Air Force.

Matt Saucier

While Saucier has received interest from several schools, including Louisiana Tech and SMU, he has been waiting for a program to pull the trigger - and Air Force head coach Troy Calhoun did just that - telling Saucier that he is "(Air Force's) QB of the future."

Calhoun, who recently completed a successful first season as head coach of the Falcons, stated that he studied Saucier's highlight film in detail - and came away impressed. In fact, Calhoun probably saw a mirror image of his senior QB Shaun Carney, who was a master at running both the flexbone (under previous Air Force head coach Fisher DeBerry) and spread option (Calhoun's offense) for the Falcons.

The feeling was mutual.

"I'm very happy to get that first offer," said Saucier. "It gets the ball rolling."

What are the chances that he'll commit to the Air Force?

"Pretty high," Saucier readily admitted, "although I really like SMU. However, they just hired a new coach (former Hawaii head coach June Jones), and I'm not sure what's going to happen there.

"I like the discipline that goes along with the military," continued Saucier. "I would like that setting for college - more so than a program where the players can do whatever they want."

Georgia Tech, SMU, and Louisiana Tech are the schools that Saucier is hearing from most often (other than Air Force).

Saucier paid close attention while watching Air Force vs. California in the recent Armed Forces Bowl.

"I watched that game and I like what Air Force does," he said. "They run my favorite offense (in the spread option). I love that offense."

When will Saucier commit?

"It's up in the air right now," he said. "I'm waiting to see what some of these schools do - and to take my visit."

In the meantime, the senior is busy with baseball practice and working on his speed, which is already top-notch at 4.55.

Saucier will take an official to Colorado Springs on Feb. 1-3.

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