Draper just wants a chance

Every year we see players from across the country who put up impressive numbers but inexplicably go overlooked by four-year schools. Modesto QB Chad Draper (6-4, 220) is one such player who is still waiting for that first offer and he hopes to hear something soon since he will be able to sign with a school in December.

"It's been surprising to me that no one has really been in contact," Draper told JCFootball.com earlier this week. "I'm hearing from some D-2 schools and Sacramento State and Arizona have called to get some film on me and made contact, but really not that many schools have.

"I don't know if it's because we play in the lower division or what, but it's been surprising to me."

Draper followed up an excellent redshirt freshman season with an even better sophomore campaign, completing 66% of his passes for over 2,300 yards with 20 touchdowns and only four interceptions.

"I really wanted to work on my accuracy and taking care of the ball this year," Draper said. "Last year, I completed 72% of my passes, but this year we really focused on throwing the ball down the field more and we had some really young receivers this year so my completion percentage was a little lower, but I was a lot more accurate and knew where balls needed to be placed.

"I also wanted to take care of the ball more because last year I had 23 touchdowns, but I also had 12 interceptions and that's just not good when you're driving and trying to close out games. You can't give the ball back to the other team and I felt I really improved on that this year."

Draper's prototype size and arm are complemented by his excellent athleticism and his ability to make plays with his feet as well.

"I'm much more of a pocket passer, but I can slide and make plays with my arm or I can run if teams leave the area open for me," Draper said. "I feel like I'm a student of the game and that I can help anyone who's looking for an experienced quarterback who is a good leader."

As mentioned above, Draper can leave in December and will have two years to play two wherever he ends up.

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