With early scholarship offers from Maryland, Miami (Fla.), Michigan and Syracuse, it may come as something of a surprise that, until recently, Sayville (N.Y.) 2017 quarterback Jack Coan wasn’t sure if he’d even be playing college football. That’s not because he was unaware of his talent, but rather that he’s talented in multiple sports.
The 6-3, 183-pounder made an early commitment to play lacrosse at Notre Dame, and despite the attention he was receiving on the football field, remained steadfast in his Irish pledge. As the football attention increased, however, he finally made the choice to switch sports.
“I want to thank the Notre Dame lacrosse staff for everything they’ve done for me,” he said, “but I have decided I’m going to play football in college.”
That decision puts Michigan squarely in the mix for his services. The decision to decommit from Notre Dame came shortly after the Wolverines offered.
“My coach was on the phone with Coach Harbaugh, and he came into my study hall in school,” Coan described of receiving the offer. “He gave me the phone and told me it was Coach Harbaugh. He told me that they were going to offer me.”
Coan led Sayville to the Long Island Championship game in the playoffs as a junior, while setting school records for touchdown passes (40) and passing yards (3,431) in a single season. Since he’s long considered himself a lacrosse player at the next level, he’s only scratching the surface of his football potential as well.
Coan is very intrigued by what Jim Harbaugh’s program will become. He has the physical tools to be an exceptional passer at the next level, and is looking for the place to help him get the most out of his natural ability.
“I’d say that I have good footwork, and I feel like I’m very smart,” he said. “I make the right reads, and I feel like I have good accuracy.”
With a summer visit to Ann Arbor in the works, the Maize and Blue are well poised to be squarely at the top of Coan’s list when it comes time to make his football commitment. Michigan has a pledge from four-star Brandon Peters in the 2016 class, and will likely take a pair of quarterbacks – potentially a pocket passer, like Coan, alongside a dual-threat option – in 2017.
Tim Sullivan is the Football Recruiting Editor of The Wolverine magazine and TheWolverine.com. He is also a contributor to national football recruiting coverage on the Rivals.com network. You can follow him on Twitter @TimS_Wolverine.