I typically don't get text messages from coaches. So when I got one from South Gwinnett's John Small on Tuesday, I figured it had to be something important.
He kept it pretty simple. 'Kent Rollins got his first offer today from Air Force Academy.'
In case you don't know about Rollins, he led the county in passing last year with more than 2,000 yards and broke several school records. This is the same school that produced Georgia quarterback David Greene, the NCAA's all-time winningest quarterback at one point.
So needless to say, Rollins is a pretty good quarterback. That's why it was baffling that the senior didn't have any college scholarship offers. I've talked to Small, Rollins and other people in recruiting circles and the main reason why Rollins didn't have an offer yet was simple. His size. He's listed as 6-foot-1, 175 pounds. Most major Division I schools are looking for quarterbacks that 6-4 or 6-5 and 225 pounds.
So immediately Rollins gets passed up. It doesn't matter that he has a good arm, makes good reads, can scramble, is a team leader, a smart and respectful kid, his size, or lack of it, hinders him. But he's not alone. Collins Hill quarterback Taylor Heinicke is on pace for a record-setting season. He'll probably break the single season Gwinnett County touchdown record this week and still doesn't have a scholarship offer as of last week. Heinicke is listed as 6-1, 195.
Most schools want that big quarterback that can pass and run. Just look at Auburn's Cam Newton, a Heisman Trophy front runner who is 6-6, 250.
But I don't think you have to have that kind of size at QB to be successful. Just look at some the top quarterbacks around the country this year. Michigan's Denard Robinson is 6-foot, 190, Nebraska's Taylor Martinez is 6-1, 205, Georgia's Aaron Murray is 6-1, 210 and Boise State's Kellen Moore is 6-0, 190.
Boise, which is the No. 2 team in the country, might be on to something. The Broncos signed North Gwinnett's Mikey Tamburo, who is 5-11, 195, and was passed by tons of schools because of his size. Tamburo was a record- setting quarterback for the Bulldogs and led the team to the state finals.
Then there's Super Bowl MVP Drew Brees, who is 6-foot, 210, and is the role model for every quarterback under 6-2.
They all may lack the prototypical NFL size for a quarterback, but all share the same things in common -- they are successful and lead their teams to victories.
It's the same thing for Rollins and Heinicke.
Collins Hill is one of the top teams in Region 7-AAAAA thanks to Heinicke and will likely make the playoffs for the third-straight year.
Rollins took South to the second round of the state playoff last year and has the Comets in position to win their first region title since 2003.
Rollins' offer probably won't be his last. He's just too good of a player not to get more interest. Reach is confident that Heinicke will pick up his offer by the end of the season. Hopefully, I'll be getting a text from him soon.
Snell-Vegas is rockin'
The party in Snellville has finally settled down. On one end of the city South Gwinnett got its first win over rival Grayson in five years, while down Highway 78 Shiloh finally got its first victory of the season. In between Brookwood beat longtime rival Parkview in the county's most popular rivalry game.
All three wins have ramifications on the last two weeks of the regular season.
South put itself in position to claim its first Region 8-AAAAA title since 2003, but needs help from Grayson. Brookwood controls its own destiny to claim the championship with a win over Grayson this week. For Shiloh it assures the program of not having a winless season for the first time.
Before the season started, I really thought Shiloh had a chance to contend for a playoff spot this year. Needless to say, the Generals have underachieved. When the team lost to second-year program Archer I thought that was it. I thought were going to pack it up and just ride out the year winless. It looked that way last week in a 44-0 beat down by Brookwood.
But the Generals didn't give up. They beat a Berkmar team that by no means is a juggernaut in Gwinnett, but the Patriots still have a tough team.
Shiloh's 48-point total in its win over Berkmar is more points than it scored in its previous eight games combined. The Generals have some good players and coaches, just for some reason it hasn't meshed this year. Maybe the Berkmar game was a good sign for the future. We'll find out next week against Central.
If you saw the photo on the front page of Saturday's Gwinnett Daily Post then you might have noticed something wrong. South Gwinnett quarterback Kent Rollins stretched the ball out for a touchdown along the sideline. However, you can clearly see that Rollins' foot was on the line and out of bounds.
I've heard some complaints about it being called a touchdown. While he was obviously out of bounds and you hate to see a blown call, I don't think it had an impact on the game. That score put the Comets up 21-6 in the third quarter and the ball would have been placed near the goal line and South likely would have scored anyway.
It does makes you wonder, though, how many calls like that happen every Friday night. I would hope it's not that many.
Spartans not ready for big time
There's no question Greater Atlanta Christian has improved this season under first-year coach Tim Cokely. But it's obvious the Spartans are probably another year or two away from being one of the top teams in the state.
Buford, the three-time defending Class AA state champs, was a good measuring stick for the Spartans. The Wolves' 38-7 win, which could have been a lot worse, showed GAC still has some work to do.
Meanwhile, Buford is gearing up for what could be a fourth title run. The Wolves get a much-needed bye this week then begin a six-week playoff run starting with the region play-in game.
Maloof says goodbye
In case you didn't hear this week, longtime Dacula head coach Kevin Maloof will retire at the end of season. Maloof had to have his prostate removed this summer and has still battled health issues during the football season.
I was a little surprised Maloof made the announcement during the season. He typically doesn't like the spotlight on him, just his players. But I guess he felt it's better his players know now than after that final game of the season. That's the way Maloof is, he's loyal to his players.
Dacula has made the playoffs 13 times in Maloof's 20 years at the school. A 14th trip deep in the playoffs would sure be a nice going away present for a man that has meant so much to the school.