Being Upland (Calif.) High School quarterback Josh Nunes over the next couple of months may end up being a little hectic. He's getting hot on the recruiting trail, and it doesn't surprise his coach Tim Salter one bit.
"I have never coached a player that is as mentally prepared as Josh is. Obviously he can physically do the job, but he understands defenses, reads coverages and is in the film room constantly. He has worked to make himself the player he is," said Salter.
Nunes has only been playing football since his freshman year and as a result, his upside is out of sight for the next level. But Nunes knows there is a lot of work yet to be done.
"I am currently working on maintaining a quick release and constantly improving on becoming more accurate. Accuracy is a key for every quarterback and can always be improved on," he said.
"I like the mental part of the game on the field. I like to make reads and I believe that I have the arm to make the tough throws and squeeze the ball into tight windows."
When we first saw Nunes at the beginning of March, it was hard to believe he had not garnered much attention, but that is all changing now as schools are beginning to line up and take notice with spring recruiting getting under way.
"Right now I'm still looking at every school. I haven't narrowed down or cut any schools."
Some of the schools he's considering are: Colorado, BYU, Arizona State, Cal, Stanford, UCLA, Boise State, Utah, San Diego State, Arizona, Notre Dame, Harvard and Princeton.
Nunes has recently decided to give up baseball to concentrate solely on football as the recruiting process and his future at the next level demand his full attention with camps, combines and, most importantly, a nine-day tour of various programs throughout the West coming up this week. To say the least, Nunes is without a doubt as committed off the field to studying schools as he is to studying the game so that more schools will want his services.
When asked what motivates him he said, "Quite simply, I want to be the best. I am upset if I'm not the best I can be, whether in the classroom, on the field or in a game of Monopoly. I want to be the top."
Josh Nunes' Scouts Inc. Evaluation
The next few months are going to get very busy for Nunes because once everyone finds out about him, recruiting will go to a whole other level. This young man is very good, very polished and savvy as can be. He is a pocket passer who is well groomed, knows what he is doing, works through progressions and has the arm to make every single throw you want. His ball handling, timing and footwork are among the best in this class. He appears to have put a lot of time into his mechanics and technique and has obviously been well coached.
He is a highly competitive player with good size and overall athleticism for the position but needs to add significant bulk and strength to his frame. He has outstanding vision, recognition and pre-snap reads when attacking opposing defenses. He does an outstanding job of throwing with rhythm and timing in both the three- and five-step passing attack. He allows his receivers to catch the ball and get downfield. He has outstanding pocket awareness and instincts when attacking and creating throwing lanes from inside pocket. He can slide and buy time when going through his progression reads. Delivery is so quick and smooth and he can beat the rush with his arm. Gets rid of the ball quickly and can change ball speeds with touch, zip and RPMs. He has very good accuracy in both the short and intermediate areas of the passing game. He has the arm strength to attack vertically down the field with good down field accuracy.
He is not a real mobile quarterback but does have the ability to throw on the move when attacking the outside edges of the pocket. He is similar to Class of 2008 QB Mike Glennon in his methods. Overall, Nunes could be the surprise QB in this class with a big senior year. If he hits the camp and combine circuit, he will be a well-known name quickly. Excellent prospect.
Tom Luginbill is the national director of recruiting for Scouts Inc. Luginbill is a college football and recruiting studio analyst for ESPNU.