One of the most promising prospects in the 2017 class is Mid-Carolina quarterback Corey Stone. A solid sophomore season saw him have some success and he's working hard to build on that in his junior season as a pair of ACC schools have shown early interest along with an in-state program. We caught up with Stone recently to talk about his season thus far, recruitment, and what he's looking for in a possible college destination.
Thus far during his junior season Stone says he is 75-120 for 700 yards and 7 touchdowns. He's also added 100 yards rushing and scored two touchdowns on the ground. (Stats are prior to his last game in which he only played the first half due to a large lead) Last year as a sophomore Stone passed for 1,500 yards and 15 touchdowns.
Right now his team is 1-4 and has played a tough schedule early on against the likes of Saluda, Chapin, Batesburg, and Keenan.
We asked Stone to talk about the strengths of his game and areas he's wanting to improve on moving forward.
"My strengths are my reads as far as running and routes, recognizing pressure, and throwing routes. I'd like to improve my footwork."
After a tough start to his junior season Stone is looking forward to bouncing back heading down the stretch.
"I want to keep building team chemistry and play a complete game. We've struggled to play a complete game. We always play the first 3 quarters and don't finish in the 4th. My personal goals as the captain of the football team is to make sure we do this and keep my teammates focused. To make sure we play up to our potential and finish the games."
The 6'3 175 pound signal caller has heard from a trio of schools thus far and he's made a couple of visits also. He shared it all with us.
"I've heard from Clemson, Presbyterian, and North Carolina so far.
"I've visited Clemson twice for the spring game and season opener. I've talked to coach Streeter and coach Barry up there. They really make you just enjoy being there and it's a great atmosphere. Presbyterian I've visited twice. Presbyterian is recruiting me for both baseball and football. I visited during the off season once and I visited again for the Chattanooga game. It was great getting to see how they perform against a top team and getting to talk to coach Nichols more about the program and learn more about Presbyterian."
Still early in the recruiting process Stone says he's open to hearing from "Anybody! I don't have any certain place, I just want to play at the next level. That's all I'm after."
He also talked about what factors he'll consider heavily when choosing a potential school.
"Really who makes me feel the most at home. I wanna go somewhere where I'll feel at home with my coaches and teammates. But my first offer will be a very special offer to me when coming down to my final schools."
The 2017 prospect reports that he's a straight A student in the classroom (4.6 GPA on a 5.0 scale). He will take the ACT and SAT soon and projects as an easy qualifier to almost any school given his work in the classroom already.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS...COREY STONE
Bench press: 200 pounds
Squat: 325 pounds
Power clean: 200 pounds
Fastest 40 time: 4.6 seconds