Interview with Heritage QB Ryan Novak
Posted May 13, 2011 12:01 am
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We’ve yet to talk about a prospect from the state of Colorado but that ends today!
Who’s the hot prospect from the land of the Rocky Mountains that Mike Pendleton interviewed recently?
That would be none other than class of 2013 signal-caller Ryan Novak.
Check out Mike Pendleton’s report on him below!
When a young talented high school player is coming into his own, they usually are more physically advanced then most at their level. For Heritage High School’s Ryan Novak (Littleton, Colorado) his great build is just one element of his outstanding quarterback play.
The 6’5″ sophomore quarterback started for Heritage in his sophomore year and put up quite the season. While Novak said the team season “was extremely rough, but I did play well. We came off a state-championship season in ’09 and then got bumped to highest ranked division, playing nationally ranked teams. ”
Novak finished his second high school season with 2,276 passing yards and 23 touchdowns. Those numbers got him elected to the All-League team and is ranked as the #1 QB in the state of Colorado at any age level according to websites such as Rivals.com.
He states his best qualities are his size, smarts, arm strength, and leadership qualities. “I am not the QB that tucks the ball and runs every play. I stand in the pocket, avoid rushers, pick defenses apart, and make the best possible accurate throw on every play.”
Besides being a great quarterback, Novak expresses that his leadership is key to his success as well. “I feel my leadership in this off-season will get me elected as a team captain for my junior year, which is a rare thing in my school’s tradition.”
Certainly able to earn his leadership, Novak is a special player but it isn’t always easy. Novak says he fills his days with workouts that can only improve him: “I want people to know that I am extremely hard working. Currently I have speed and agility workouts four days a week for about two hours and I lift every day. I also bring in my receivers to coordinate with them and get a better understanding of them as players and people.”
With everything put together for Novak, his recruiting trail is hot. He has made unofficial visits to USC, UCLA, TCU, SMU, Texas A&M, Oklahoma, and Oklahoma State. He has also gone to games as a recruit at USC and Colorado, and has taken trips to Purdue and Colorado State.
Novak plans on attending Miami during a summer camp and for the interested schools he says he “plans on staying in contact with as many schools as possible since I can’t be contacted until September 1st.”
Knowing the overall rules and concepts of recruiting is key for this outstanding young player. He understands his recruiting trail is filled with big name schools and sometimes at a young age, players can get off focus. “The most important thing in recruiting is definitly finding the right school for myself.
“Not only from an athletic standpoint, but from an academic view also. I want to major in sports management and also obtain a minor in business management and I want to find a school that fits those needs and also a place where I can play at the highest level.”
So, although just a sophomore, Novak uses his big frame of 6’5″ to read defenses and pick them apart. He uses his heart and brains to help him during his recruiting and maintaining his humbleness.
Yes, Ryan Novak will be a name that colleges will hear for the next two years, but only one thing can be made certain. Wherever Ryan Novak attends college, he will bring a winning mindset, a humble attitude and great quarterback play in order to achieve all that he can.
Mike Pendleton is a contributing writer for FinestPreps.com. You can check out his website at: http://all4recruits.com/.
Check out the sophomore highlight tape of Novak below!