ST. XAVIER HIGH SCHOOL
HEIGHT: 6'5 WEIGHT: 225 LBS.
HIGH SCHOOL POSITION: QUARTERBACK
COLLEGE POSITION: QUARTERBACK
COLLEGE PROSPECT LEVEL: D-I -There is no disputing that Rob is getting the early interest of the Ohio quarterback class of 2004. With several D-I offers on the table, look for this player to make his choice before his senior season.
FILM BREAKDOWN& MORE
I first saw Rob during a 3-way scrimmage at Wayne High School. You could see the tools to play QB at the next level were there. He has size, and great arm strength with a great release. But there are some areas that he's working on to improve his chances of playing when he reaches the college level.
The next time I saw Rob was in the Crosstown Showdown. Playing against Covington Catholic High School, Rob showed he had lots to learn, but possessed a toughness to fight and get the job done. Rob showed happy feet in the pocket, and would throw or run before the pocket would collapse. While pressure came often, a good QB must learn the skills of feeling the rush and staying in the pocket or moving up into the pocket until the last second. This is a skill learned over time, and that's one area Rob lacked going into this past season.
In talking with coaches at the scrimmage, they stressed the fact Rob didn't get enough playing time as a sophomore, and the 2003 season would be one of learning. Those same coaches also stressed schools like Michigan were impressed with Rob during summer camps, and he would see early and heavy recruiting in due time. After seeing Rob twice, I saw the base of what could be a top QB, but he still had the deer in the headlights look in the pocket.
In watching film of Rob, I see that his junior season showed progress. St. Xavier improved as the year went on, just as Rob did. You could see on each snap a young quarterback getting better, and starting to have a feel of the position.
What makes Rob Schoenhoft the states top QB is simple? Arm strength second to none and great size. He can make the deep throw with the best, and is big enough to fight off defenders. He has great touch on all passes to go along with an even greater upside. He's a better athlete than most give him credit being, as he also plays basketball. His only downside, foot speed. Rob shows traditional foot speed you expect out of 6'5 quarterbacks. What will help Rob is the strength of schedule St. Xavier plays. They never lack a good opponent and that puts Rob in pressure situations each and every week.
If I was Rob, I would look to commit early. With several offers in the bag, look for more to come in the weeks ahead.