|Offers:||Texas Tech, Cincinnati, Colorado State, Illinois State, Indiana, Sam Houston, Western Carolina, Western Kentucky|
|High School:||Northwest (Justin, Texas)|
|Commitment Date:||January 22, 2022|
Northwest quarterback Jake Strong becomes the 6th commit for Texas Tech’s 2023 class.
— Jake SŦrong (@JStrongQB4) January 23, 2022
You all ready for a non-rated quarterback being the 2023 quarterback to lead the class? Me too. Strong threw for 2,319 yards, completing 64% with 29 touchdowns and 5 interceptions as a sophomore, and then as a junior where he won his district’s MVP, Strong threw for 2,334 yards, completing 60% of his passes with 29 touchdowns and 12 interceptions. Strong also became a running between his sophomore and junior years, only running for 505 yards as a sophomore and then 918 as a junior, so that’s a factor as well.
Strong is a big strong kid, already at 200 pounds, which is pretty big for a developmental type of quarterback. And Strong probably qualifies as developmental. He’s got very few Power 5 offers and before you dismiss that, you shouldn’t. Strong was obviously on Zach Kittley’s radar at Western Kentucky and my guess is that this was his choice, not that McGuire didn’t know about him because I am sure he did, but Kittley essentially hand-picked his guy. I’d also state that the interceptions are also concerning, but he’s throwing a ton of passes over the middle of the field. That’s not an excuse, but sort of what he’s being asked to do. I think that Strong’s arm is good, the ball gets out quickly, he sets up well in the pocket almost every single time. When he does have to throw on the run, he’s got enough arm strength to get off good strong throws. Strong’s ability to run is also really impressive, he’s a strong and fast runner so he’s going to gt you out of situations.
Maybe a good exercise is where you think that Strong will be ranked or rated in a week once the recruiting services catch up (and they will catch up). Personally, I think he’ll be a solid 3-star, his ability to run is probably better than just about any quarterback that’s come through Texas Tech, except Donovan Smith. I’d also add that Baylor has a tendency to take quarterbacks that aren’t on any other radars and that’s not to say that Strong isn’t on radars, but there’s been plenty of time to evaluate 2023 prospects and Strong hasn’t been on the list to be evaluated. Again, I think that changes very quickly.
I’ll circle back and update this post when profiles get updated.