One of the most intriguing prospects in the state of Florida resides in Pace (Fla.). The 6-foot-1…
IN THE HUDDLE: Chris Sorce
These are similiar to the evaluations we pass on to the hundreds of colleges who visit our website, call us on the phone and correspond via e-mail.
Here is another top football player to keep an eye on this season – and beyond.
PLAYER: Chris Sorce
HEAD COACH: Mickey Lindsey.
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The thing that sets the state of Florida apart from most in the country is the fact that we produce an unreal number of athletes.
Young men and women who not only compete in other sports, but those who are standouts in two arenas. In Sorce, you have just that kind of competitor.
Ask most who run recruiting services or follow high school football in this state about Sorce, and nine out of 10 will give you a blank stare, but that also goes back to the fact that the Panhandle is easily one of the most overlooked areas of the state.
Sorce is a solid quarterback prospect who also happens to have a quality background in baseball, and also is one of the premier students (3.9 GPA and ranked No. 23 out 513 students) of in the Class of 2006.
As far as his baseball, this quality pitcher/third baseman will probably be drafted in the June 2006 Baseball Draft, which will only add to his impressive package that has colleges already planning ahead.
Baseball doesn't stop with Chris. The Sorce family has a great reputation here in the state of Florida. His uncle, Sam Sorce, was one of the top baseball players in the history of the University of Miami. He was selected by the Texas Rangers as a pitcher in 1982 and also played with the Minnesota Twins. He is now coaching his sons back in Illinois.
STRENGTHS: As I sit down and watch Sorce, he reminds me of so many quality athletes that I have had the pleasure of watching throughout the years. But he does have a distinct advantage, which certainly elevates him to another level.
Once again, as I do with most of the football talent, I watch and chart different aspects of his game over four or five plays, which usually will find positives as well as show some of the flaws.
His skills as a quarterback extend from his arm strength, which has watched him toss the ball 60 plus yards in the air. He also throws a decent short ball, a better than average intermediate pass, and of course, a long ball that is on target and easy to catch. Remember I used the words easy to catch because you will see in the following analysis how he helps his game by throwing balls that are not too hard and in a spot where a receiver or a running back can usually handle the ball.
On the first play I charted, Sorce dropped straight back, looked up field and had to go to his second receiver who had broken free for a 20 yard gain. I saw tremendous concentration and the ability to look off his primary receiver.
On the second play, which was a short (12-yard out), the ball was thrown in a way where if the receiver didn't make the catch, it would have gone out of bounds. I was impressed, once again, by his poise and arm strength.
On play No. 3, Sorce showed some scrambling ability as he started to the right and then headed back to the left, throwing against his body for a 23-yard gain. The ball could have easily been incomplete, but he made the play with his knowledge of the field.
The final play was one that will sell colleges on his overall arm strength and ability to read defenses. It was a third down and short inside the opponent's 45. As he dropped back to pass, he looked off the primary receiver and pump faked it to him. Sorce then rolled to the right and spotted his secondary receiver streaking into the end zone, which he put the ball right on the money.
WHAT HE NEEDS TO WORK ON: Because he is not the classic 6-foot-4 or 6-foot-5 passer you are looking for, it is important for him to stand up straight and deliver the ball overhand instead of dropping down and reverting to his baseball roots, throwing the ball sidearm. That gives the defense a huge advantage and takes away the big arm he has.
OVERALL: While he won‘t have to make a choice which sport to play at the next level, this is a great time for him to think about it. Heading to a college that will allow him to play two sports is an option that many take advantage of.
His grades certainly make it attractive for any college that comes calling to know that they will have an athlete, who can play two sports, that will also be a showcase in the classroom as well.
Last season he completed 105 of 166 passes for 1,439 yards and 11 TD.
COLLEGES ON THE HORIZON: While Florida State, Auburn, Maryland, North Carolina State, Duke, Kansas State, Stanford, South Florida, Florida Atlantic, Akron, Harvard and Columbia would tremendous baseball/football options, I can see Sorce at a Vanderbilt, Tulane, Mississippi State or Southern Mississippi, where he will have the opportunity to compete in a high level of athletics and surround himself with a tremendous academic program as well.
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