Staff Photo: Jason Braverman. Collins Hill quarterback Taylor Heinicke has been selected to participate on the television show "The Ride," which will air on Fox Sports this fall.
Collins Hill’s Taylor Heinicke has no official college football scholarship offers, but that could change by the end of the of the year.
Heinicke was one of eight quarterbacks selected to appear on “The Ride Season 2” a reality TV show that follows the players as they compete for a spot in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl.
“It’s really cool,” Heinicke said. “I never thought I’d be on TV. It’s exciting.”
The show selects eight quarterbacks who are deemed under the radar because they do not have a scholarship offer. That’s either because of a bad high school team, not a good recruiting area or size.
“In the case of Taylor, which I think it’s his height,” said Erik Richards, FBU National Youth Director and Top Gun National Director. “He has a great arm, but if Taylor was 6-3 and not 6-1 everyone in the country would be after him.”
The show featured Lassiter’s record-setting quarterback Hutson Mason last year. Mason didn’t make the show’s final four, but ended up signing a scholarship with Georgia.
Cole Marcoux was last year’s winner, putting on an impressive show in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl. The New York native with a 3.94 GPA signed with Dartmouth despite drawing interest from major programs like Notre Dame.
“Maybe if I can keep going and get to the U.S. Army game ... If anything it just helps my recruiting,” said Heinicke, who threw for 1,778 yards and 14 TDs last year.
Heinicke will fly to Annapolis, Md., on Thursday to take part in round one of the competition, which will air on Fox Sports South this fall. The top four quarterbacks will advance to FBU Top Gun in Williamsburg, Va., on July 20. The final three quarterbacks will be selected and profiled during the high school football season. At the end of the season, one player will be selected to the prestigious U.S. Army All-American Bowl.
“The purpose is to not get a scholarship, but the interesting story of why people fly under the radar,” Richards said.
Six of the seven quarterbacks on last year’s show signed a scholarship. Malik Stokes was the only player not to sign and he joined a prep school.
Last season players were coached by former NFL players and coaches like two-time Super Bowl champion with the Pittsburgh Steelers Mike Kruczek, former Cincinnati Bengals coach Sam Wyche and former NFL MVP Ron Jaworski.
“The show is more about the journey and training with our top NFL scouts, showing them the technique to play at the Division I level. This is that extra push,” The Ride Season 2 producer Marie Keeler said.