Welcome to “Quarterback Week”, where Saturday Down South talks to some of the top QB targets out there for SEC schools. We’ve interviewed some of the biggest names, and we’ll rank them at the end of the week. See who your school is hoping to lure to campus.
Drew Lock is in one of those odd situations where everybody in the world claims to know his college destination already … except Drew Lock.
Welcome to the world of a ‘legacy’. It’s not a bad word at all. It means a father played ball and his alma mater wouldn’t mind taking his son, too. It’s all positive, but it’s a bit irritating that everybody just figures it’s a no-brainer that you’ll follow your dad. In the Lock family’s case, father Andy Lock played in the 1980s at Missouri. And the family still lives in Missouri in Lee’s Summit. So naturally, Drew will follow in his dad’s footsteps and everything will be peaches and cream, right?
All except that the younger Lock really wants to give the other college coaches a chance to do their job and make their pitch. Tennessee is making quite the push for his quarterbacking services … and the Volunteers need a quarterback, badly.
“Coach (Butch) Jones is a great guy, to say the least, and I really enjoy talking to him—he really connects with you, not that the other coaches don’t,” Lock told Saturday Down South. “When me and my dad were in Tennessee, we learned a lot from him. He has gotten the ball rolling. He sells the school. He knows what it can be and does a good job.”
“It’s definitely on the top there, and it’s going to be a hard decision. With its (very strong) 2014 class and how much they’re producing and it all hasn’t had a full chance to get going yet, and with them needing a quarterback and Mizzou having a good one already (Maty Mauk), it’s a hard situation”
Still, the draw of playing for the Tigers–his dad’s school, his home-state school … the school that had such an impressive 2013 season in the SEC. That’s what makes this so difficult.
“It definitely impressed me,” Lock told SDS. “I was at the Texas A&M game when (Mizzou) won that, and you could feel it. It was an outstanding experience. It definitely has brought some pub to our state.
“There’s a part of me that really wants to get all of this done before the summer. I don’t want to go my whole summer with all of this on my mind. I just want to be a kid. Then there’s another part of me that wants to use all the time I think I need. That’s something my dad and I have talked about. All in all, it’s that line people say, that it’s all a good problem to have. Not everybody gets this opportunity and I know there’s a ton of guys who are juniors and sophomores that would love to be going through this.
“I never take any of the pressure as a bad thing, it’s never only half full to me.”
Editor’s note: Saturday Down South’s references to ratings follow the 247Sports.com composite rankings for high school prospects.