Rourke Makes His Mark At Fort Scott

2017 Fort Scott QB Nathan Rourke (6-2, 210) had a solid freshman season for the Greyhounds and schools have started to take notice. JCFootball.com caught up with the talented signal-caller who was a full-qualifer out of high school and he updated us on where things stand...

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"I have offers from Akron, Eastern Kentucky and I just got one from Austin Peay," Rourke said recently. "So far, I haven't set up any official visits, but I will probably do that here pretty soon."

While, Austin Peay is the latest to offer the freshman, the offer from Akron has him intrigued.

"They have a guy coming back next year who will be a senior and they want someone who has played college football before to be the backup," Rourke noted. "They feel like I could come in and push him and compete for the spot, but if not, then I could be the backup and be ready to take over in 2018.

"They said they really liked my work-ethic and how I prepared for things and they said I fit with what they were looking for in a quarterback."

As a freshman this season, Rourke started every game for the Greyhounds, leading them to a 4-7 record while going 221 of 378 fir 2,367 yards with 18 touchdowns and 13 interceptions. 

"I'm definitely a pass-first guy," Rourke said. "I'd call myself a pocket-passer who has the ability to extend plays with his legs."

While he's already a talented and experienced quarterback, Rourke also knows if you aren't improving, you're regressing.

"This past summer, I worked a lot on my feet," Rourke said. "Your mechanics always start with your feet and I worked a lot on getting my feet quick. 

"I also studied our offense a lot and got the playbook down so that I could just react instead of thinking."

As a prep in Ontario, Canada, Rourke had an offer from Alabama A&M, but decided he wanted a chance to play at a bigger school, so he opted to head to Fort Scott.

"I talked with coaches here at Fort Scott and I just felt it was the best option for me and for my career," Rourke recalled. "The staff here is great and they really showed me they cared about me and how I progressed as a player and a person."

Rourke was a full-qualifier out of high school, so he can leave at any time and should he find a place to play in 2017, he will have four years to play three once he sets foot on campus.


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