July 18, 2011

Walsh is next in line

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There aren't many high schools around the nation that can boast the recent success at the quarterback position that Dublin Coffman high school in suburban Columbus has had recently. Over the last decade, the Shamrocks have sent numerous quarterbacks on to the division I level, most notably Brady Quinn (Notre Dame), Zack Stoudt (Louisville and now Ole Miss), and Cole Stoudt (Clemson).

This fall, Coffman will break in another outstanding quarterback prospect in James Walsh. The 6-foot-2, 185-pound class of 2013 prospect has been impressive throughout the summer at various camps and 7-on-7's. Despite the fact that Walsh has yet to make a varsity start, he's already hearing from a handful of colleges.

"Toledo and Bowling Green are pretty serious," he said. "Also Ohio State, I went there in the spring and went to their camp."

Walsh was one of the top underclassmen quarterbacks at Ohio State's camp.

"It went real well," he said. "I'd love to be recruited by Ohio State. Their camps are really populated so it's harder to get noticed. It's a long day but I did pretty well."

While Walsh is clearly interested in the Buckeyes, it's a different team that he actually grew up rooting for.

"Arizona State was my favorite school growing up," he said. "I'm from Arizona and they run a great offense."

Walsh has been working hard throughout the summer to prepare to take over the Coffman offense in the fall. Luckily for him, he has been able to turn to some of Coffman's past greats for advice.

"I feel some pressure but I know almost all of them," he said. "I talk to most of them pretty frequently so it makes me pretty comfortable and they give me good advice."

While most of the great quarterbacks to come through Coffman have been taller, pro-style prospects, Walsh brings a little bit of a different dimension as he has run a 4.58 40-yard dash at two separate camps this off-season.

"I just want to make good decisions and run the offense," he explained. "It's going to be a little different than it has been in the past. I can run, so could the rest of those guys, but it's more a part of my game. It's going to look a little different but I think we can do well."


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