This is the seventh in a series of Q&A's with Bi-City recruits in the Class of 2016. For the complete Q&A, go to ledger-enquirer.com/valley-preps. Coming Thursday: Jordan’s Markus Wright.
Carver quarterback Jawon Pass has been on college radars since before he took over the starting job as a sophomore in 2013.
During the 2012 season when Pass was still a freshman backup, then Tigers coach Dell McGee commented that Pass was going to be the “big one” in terms of college recruiting. He wasn’t wrong.
Currently, Pass is rated the No. 4 dual-threat quarterback in the country by 247Sports and is a four-star prospect by its composite ratings. Possessing offers from a number of major programs — Clemson, LSU, Texas A&M, Miami, Notre Dame and Ohio State to name just a few — he has narrowed his choices down to just three: Alabama, Auburn and Louisville. (He eliminated Virginia Tech and North Carolina from his finalists shortly after this interview.)
He is scheduled to make his selection at 4 p.m. on July 16, where he will decide between three very different programs that each carry specific positives.
He spoke with the Ledger-Enquirer about his choices and his ultimate decision last week.
If you could run down your top five for me, and just tell me what you like about each of those schools.
Auburn, Alabama, Louisville, North Carolina and Virginia Tech. Auburn, I like Auburn because they’re right down the road and I fit their offense real good. Alabama, they’re not too far either and they’re a good pro-style offense. Virginia Tech, I like the coaches up there, they’ll prepare me for the next level and I’ll have a chance to play early. Louisville, same thing — I have a good relationship with the coaches, pro-style offense and I have a chance to come in and compete. And North Carolina, same thing — I have a chance to play early.
Have you actually made your decision yet and are waiting to announce it, or are you still trying to decide?
Yeah, I’ve got a feeling, but we’ll still have to see. I’m still thinking about it.
Why July 16? Why did you want to commit then?
On the 11th, I’ll be done with all my visits and all that, so my summer will be over with and I’ll be ready to make my announcement.
What’s the process been like for you?
It’s been a little stressful, but I’m trying to enjoy it more than anything. I’m trying to make it less stressful and enjoy it right now. I’m just going to follow my heart.
Did you want to make your commitment before the season?
Yeah, I wanted to do it before my senior season so I could just focus on my team winning state and not have to focus on all that recruiting stuff.
Your brother will be at Louisville starting this fall. Does that play a part in your decision at all?
Yeah, I mean, that gives them a plus, but I’m still going to go where I’ve got to go. I’m not going to go there just because he’s there or anything.
What are you working on in your final season?
The biggest thing is being a good leader, leading my team at all times, putting them on my back and making them better, trying to win a state championship.
What’s it like knowing that this time next year, you’ll be preparing to play big-time college football? Has that hit you yet?
I think about it, but it won’t really think about it until it actually gets here. I’m just blessed. I just thank God.
David Mitchell, Follow David on Twitter @leprepsports.