Taking a look ahead at the Recruiting Class of 2006 remember this name. Josh Cousins, quarterback from Xenia High School. Former Bucs coach Paul Jenne sent OPS game film and I also saw Josh play against Wayne this past season. This allows me to breakdown his football talent at this early stage.
XENIA HIGH SCHOOL
BY THE NUMBERS
6'1" 188 LBS.
40 TIME: 4.6
BENCH: 230 LBS.
ON THE FIELD
HIGH SCHOOL POSITION: QUARTERBACK
COLLEGE POSITION: QUARTERBACK
PROSPECT LEVEL: D-1 - D-I-AA
I list both D-I and I-AA for Josh because of one reason. He's a good quarterback who may see a better chance at early playing time for a major I-AA program. I feel with the time he's got left to develop Josh is a true D-I quarterback prospect.
Arm strength, physical size, feet, composure, understanding of the game, speed, vision and the ability to make the big play.
Accuracy of deep balls ( This is common in young QB's, and I don't see this being a problem as he progresses)
I have had the chance to see Josh up close and now on tape. From both I have come away with a positive feeling about his abilities as a college football prospect and his potential as a college quarterback.
The first thing I noticed about Josh is his understanding of the game. He keeps his poise under fire and has total control of the huddle. Of all the quarterbacks I have seen over the past two years Josh is the best at running the play all the way until it's over. If the play calls for a ball fake he takes it all the way. Lots of high school quarterbacks stand and watch the play after the handoff, not Josh he follows through with the ball fake and draws defenders away from the play.
The next area I'm very impressed with is his body control. Some quarterbacks that have running abilities are all over the place with arms flinging around and things looking out of control, not Josh he's always under total control and never pushes the play the wrong way.
The other area is his overall quarterback skills. When Josh drops to pass he shows great form in setting up in the pocket and getting his feet set to deliver a pass. He's also able to throw on the run and use his legs outside of the pocket to deliver a big play.
What is great about Josh is he's a only a sophomore and has another year of development to go. The GWOC has two of the top quarterbacks in the 2006 class with Josh and Springfield South quarterback Brennen Glass. While some may consider Glass to have the upper hand I feel these two young men are closer then people give them credit. What helps Glass is the offensive scheme he's in. Cousins has several weapons around him that can gain yardage on the ground, Glass plays in the spread and this allows him to throw the ball around more.
I will never use stats to compare these two quarterbacks because of the different system. It's going to be interesting to see what type of offense Xenia plays under their new head coach. If he opens up the system and they throw the ball around then Josh will see his numbers rise. If they use the backs they have and run the ball Josh will still see better numbers, just not the big numbers recruiting fans like to see.
2006 is shaping up to be the year of the quarterback and Josh Cousins will find his name in the middle of it. Some of the other quarterbacks in this class are.
Mike Hartline - Glen Oak High School
Pat Redwine - Moeller High School
Pat White - Warren Harding
Miles Schlichter - Miami Trace High School
Rudy Kirbus - Cleveland St. Ignatius High School
Quentin Paulik - Massillon Washington High School
As you can see this is just a short list of quarterbacks that should receive looks from college coaches.