Los Angeles (Calif.) Bishop Mora Salesian quarterback Jihad Vercher proved he was one of the best quarterbacks participating at last weekend’s New Level Athletics Elite 7on7 tournament as his team, 4th Quarter Sports, will be going to the national tournament.
“It’s good that we got a chance to play against some of the top guys on the West Coast and from around the country. It gives us a good sense of serious competition,” he said.
The quarterback, who displayed a big arm and solid accuracy in the two days of the tournament, currently holds offers from Washington State and Northern Arizona, and is receiving heavy interest from a few other programs.
“I’ve talked with Oregon, California, and Colorado. Those three programs and Washington State all really stick out to me. I like that Oregon has a fast paced offense like we do at Salesian. I talk to Oregon every day. It’s exciting,” he said.
Academics are something Vercher is seriously considering, as he maintains a 3.6 GPA.
"Academic success is important. I want to graduate. Football is what I love, but academics are really important, too. That’s what I like about Cal, academics are what stand out to me most. I know they have a good athletic program, but I also know they are one of the top schools in the country as far as academics go,” he said.
The 6’1”, 190 lb. quarterback, who lists his arm strength and his ability to read the field as some of his strengths, has been busy training with both his teammates and his 7on7 team and is working to make his senior season his best.
“I’ve been working on my accuracy and my speed. We run track every day and then get in the weight room. I spend time throwing the ball to the receivers. I’m at 4th Quarter every Saturday. I’m just growing as a quarterback week in and week out,” he said.
Vercher will continue training over the next few months and is hoping to take some visits with a few of his Salesian teammates.
“We have some visits coming up this summer. We want to see Boise State, and I’ll probably visit Virginia and Texas Tech. I want to try something different, get out of the West Coast and check those programs out,” he said.