Top quarterbacks trying to raise their stock
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Imagine getting to watch several of Maryland's best high school quarterbacks without having to drive all over the state to do it. Imagination becomes reality this year, as several quarterbacks are scheduled to participate in Raise Your Stock 2009 at Annapolis Area Christian on Sunday, May 3.
"They will be taken through everything that Matt Ryan [of the Atlanta Falcons] did in his pro day," Baucia said. "It will be slow and methodical and will work on three-, five- and seven-step drops."
Highlighting this year's event are Arundel's record-setting Billy Cosh, Edmondson's Jerry Lovelocke, DeMatha's Daniel Tapscott, Damascus' Connor Frazier, Century's Josh Bordner and Good Counsel's Zach Dancel. In addition, each quarterback gets to bring his own receiver to the event.
While NCAA rules prohibit college coaches from attending many offseason events, the Raise Your Stock event will have a multiple-camera setup to record every quarterback as they go through the drills. The recordings will then be distributed to every ACC, Big East, SEC, MAC and Atlantic 10 recruiting coordinator.
"We're going to bring the pro-day skills to the college," Baucia said. "It's going to be sent to them within two days after the event and then we will receive confirmation within a week that they have viewed it."
In addition to the video, the official sports performance trainers from the Army All-American Game, Athletic Republic and a representative from the Maryland Crab Bowl will be on hand to evaluate players.
"When I first heard about it I was a little nervous," Bordner said. "I didn't know if I wanted to do that, but it sounds pretty exciting. It sounds like a good way to go. I know he [Baucia] knows tons of people so it can only help [with recruiting]."
"Instead of testing them on their measurables, we're going to separate the measurables from the players," Baucia said. "We're going to actually see who can function and do specific skills that college coaches want to see."
Cosh, who passed for 3,913 yards and 56 touchdowns in a season in which he established eight public school state records, has worked with Baucia for the past four years.
"Working with coach Baucia, you're going to get better. With his approach to the fundamentals of football and the quarterback position especially, it forces your feet a lot to set your throw up even more. It brings more success to your season," Cosh said. "What he did was help me understand the game more -- the concepts of it. He really teaches more in the classroom stuff -- how to read defenses, making the right reads -- he really taught me that and the X's and O's of the game. He really helped me out a lot."
Registration is still open for the event, but all athletes must be pre-registered, as no walk-ups will be able to participate.
Players are scheduled to arrive at 5:30 p.m. at Annapolis Area Christian and will be separated into two groups. The first group is scheduled to begin at 6 p.m. followed by the second group at 7:15 p.m.
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