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October 28, 2003

The only label appropriate: Can't miss

Rivals100.com is proud to announce a new feature called The Coaches Corner.

Here former Texas A&M linebacker coach Alan Weddell will scout some of the top players in the Lone Star State and take a look at their ranking, their ability and what makes them special from a college coach's perspective.

This second edition takes a look at the nation's No. top quarterback, Rhett Bomar, of Grand Prairie, Texas.


My weekly Friday travels this past Friday took me up from College Station, Texas, North on I-35 East to the city of Grand Prairie, Texas.

Grand Prairie High's Gophers were taking on Carrollton Newman Smith's Trojans in a big district contest. The game was secondary to my real interest, which was to see what many are calling not only the best QB in the state of Texas and possibly the best in the n nation.

His name is Rhett Bomar, the coach's son, and he wears a big No. 7 on his bright blue uniform. After watching this kid perform the biggest thing brighter than his jersey is his future with the Oklahoma Sooners.

Being a defensive coach by background, I always look at these supposed offensive phenoms with some hesitation.

Usually they aren't that good, just surrounded by good players or hasn't faced a good defense or scheme. Neither players, nor defensive schemes will alter what I saw Friday night. This kid is good; like in really good.

You know he is special when he brings his center out with him to take snaps as he warms up. Every warm-up throw is just like a real game. Good stance, good snap exchange, set up, look over field (quick eyes) throw the ball.

The throw was very impressive.

It could have come right from a training video. His father has done a great job of coaching this kid, and his fundamentals are outstanding. Ball up, extremely quick release, high release and a great follow through. The ball is in a tight spiral that Dan Marino would be proud of. Everything just like the text book from the best of summer camps; repeated many times in drills during off-season, summer; and practiced for many years to gain perfection.

Yet of what I saw, the best was yet to come.

Bomar is tall, 6-foot-4 and weighs more than 200 pounds. Every one I talked to wanted to talk about his leadership, not only on the field but in the classroom.

One person, a former teacher, said Rhett could become a part of their household anytime. Humility has remained even as success has soared. He led on the field/huddle with both word and action. While the defense was on the field, you could see him talking football to his fellow offensive players and coaches.

The game started with Grand Prairie on defense, so I had to wait a series before watching how the "perfect" QB would do in an actual game situation.

Ok, I came to see this kid throw right. Well on about the second play, it's Bomar for 15 on the option keep. Then it's Bomar for about 12 more on the scramble. A quarterback follow resulted in about 20 more.

On this play the Newman Smith linebacker laid a vicious hit on our No. 7 at the end of the play; so hard that the top QB's helmet went flying off in the opposite direction as the body.

The first player up from the tackle was-yes Rhett Bomar - looking for a teammate to high five and ready with great enthusiasm to go at it again.

This quarterback is tough!

Sure enough a couple of plays later, it's time for the option keep again and he outruns every one to the end zone for a touchdown This exhibition of speed, quickness, and toughness continued for the remainder of the half.

The second half started again with Bomar's legs finding the end zone with a ball extended, head first dive for six points. He seemed to injure his hand on the play and did not return before I left at the beginning of the fourth quarter for my 3-hour ride home.

In between the first series touchdown run and the last series touchdown score, Rhett showed off his arm. He throws the out route to the wide side of the field accurate and on a rope. The same is true on the dig route across the middle.

His decisions were good, never seeing him throw into coverage or taking a risk that could hurt his team just to show off his arm. He hit three long passes, one a tight spiral on a rope to a receiver in stride for a score, the others with proper air under them to let the receiver run under the ball.

As a staff at A&M last fall, we discussed early offers. Being on the defensive side of the ball, I had not seen film on Bomar. We mentioned a number of players for early scholarship offers and then one offensive coach said "and of course Bomar."

The offensive coordinator said that statement was not even necessary, because yes of course Bomar would be welcomed with open arms at A&M. There was no question we had a scholarship for Bomar.

I see why now.

I doubt that this was his best game ever, but it sure was as good of a game - especially considering the great throwing fundamentals and legit 4.5 speed and running ability - as I have seen a high school QB have in a long time.

He could have played for any team I coached or played for any team that I coached against.

The closest player I worked with to compare to is Drew Brees (coached Drew in 1997 Texas HS All-Star Game) but with a stronger arm and more speed. He showed Drew's leadership and accuracy. Going to the game to evaluate Rhett Bomar's pluses was easy. Finding fault with any part of Rhett Bomar's game did not happen.

There are other great QBs in Texas this year. I know that Bomar has to be as good as any. He has all the tools.

He is very deserving of Rival's top billing. With his pledge to Oklahoma already in the books, and OU lands Adrian Peterson, look out Big 12. Defensive coordinators will have one week for the next four years that they would rather forget.

About Weddell: Before joining the Texas A&M staff in 1998 and retiring this past football season, Weddell led La Marque to three consecutive Class 4A state championships (1995-97) and five straight state title games.

In eight seasons at La Marque (south of Houston), Weddell compiled a sparkling 103-13 (.818) record while winning six district crowns. In 16 seasons as a head coach at La Marque and Victoria, Weddell posted a record of 150-45-1. Before his success with the La Marque program, Weddell took over a 0-10 doormat at Victoria High School in 1982 and turned the Stingarees into a 10-0 district champion.

Weddell earned a variety of Coach of the Year honors during his stay at La Marque including: District Coach of the Year (1991-96) and the Nike Coach of the Year (1996). As a collegiate player, Weddell was an offensive lineman on Darrell Royal's 1970 national champion Texas Longhorn football team.


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