San Clemente (Calif.) QB Jack Sears,one of the top uncommitted quarterbacks in the class of 2017, is looking to reach decision by next month. He has recently visited Cal and Washington, and he has also seen USC and UCLA. He has a trip planned for Texas A&M, as well.
Sears, who locked up a spot at next month’s The Opening in Oregon, talks about the recruiting process, what he has learned this week, his projected commitment date and more with USA TODAY Sports’ Dave Schmulenson.
Q: So you’re one of the few uncommitted ones out here at the Nike Elite 11. Who are your top choices?
A: As of right now, I’m not sure of my top choices. I’m taking a couple more visits in the upcoming weeks to narrow it down hopefully to two or three.
Q: So you said you’re visiting Texas A&M, and there’s Duke. Who else is on your radar?
USC, UCLA, Washington, and Utah are still on my radar, as of right now.
Q: When you look at school are you looking for more of a spread-style offense or pro-style offense?
A: For me, I’m looking for the best fit and how I see myself in their offense. Everyone has something different to offer. A lot of them run similar offenses, so it’s more the coaching staff and how I see myself there.
Q: What would you say is the best attribute of your game?
A: My ability to make plays when things break down.
Q: What do you want to work on most for the upcoming season?
A: I really want to work on the mental side of the game—understanding defenses, their coverages, and also their fronts. So when I get to college I’ll be more prepared for what they’re going to ask me to do.
Q: What’s your favorite thing about football?
A: I think everyone says competition, but I love the off the field work, the lonely work as Coach (Trent) Dilfer calls it.
Q: Is that the work in the weight room? Or studying film?
A: I love studying film, but I also love speed and agility training, as well.
Q: When you’re not playing football, what do you like to do for fun?
A: I like to golf and just hang out with friends, like a normal high school kid.
Q: When do you think you’ll make your college choice?
A: I’m hoping to make my decision in July at some point.
Q: What would you say is the best thing you’ve learned from the past couple days so far?
A: They do a great job of making you a better quarterback while you’re out here, but they do a tremendous job of making you realize you’re much more than a quarterback. You come out of this a better man.
Q: Who do you model your game after, if you could pick any quarterback out there? Who would you say you’re most like?
A: I don’t model my game after anyone, but I’ve looked up to Tom Brady since I was little because I’m a Patriots fan. I kind of just play my style, a unique style.