Southfield High's Jalen Brady has always impressed with his ability to throw the football. However, at 5'11, 195-pounds, he did not have, what some would call, the ideal dimensions for the quarterback position.
As the process went along, he simply stayed patient, tried to stave off the frustration and continued to do what he does best: spin the ball. That paid off recently as he earned several offers.
"When I got the offers, before I went on the [bus] tour with Reggie [Wynns], I prayed and prayed every day to get an offer. I prayed and it worked. I knew God wouldn't let me play football unless I was meant to do it."
Some of the top programs in the country have seen Brady and he has received good feedback along the way. Even if those schools don't offer, it provided him with confidence that lead to his first offers.
"Tennessee and Maryland said I did great, but they all wanted a guy with ten offers and I'm not that guy because of my height and weight. On the last camp circuit, I knew I did enough to get an offer. I did my thing, balled out and people came up and told me they want me to play at their school. Even Urban Meyer said if I was 6'2, he'd offer on the spot."
Since earning his first offer from Kent State, others have jumped on board.
"I have Bowling Green, Kent State, Valparaiso, Ohio Dominican, Toledo is supposedly going to offer me July 24th when I go down there."
On his current list, Brady says, "right now, everyone's pretty much the same," adding that he hopes to commit before the season starts.
That is because he is at the controls of a Blue Jays team many think have a chance to make a deep playoff run. The team cannot look too far ahead though, as they open the year with a heavyweight showdown with Cass Tech.
"The season is going to be great. I can't wait until this season, I'm so excited. So far it's been a great ride. The team's great. Every single person on the roster can go D1 honestly. We're just looking to focus on Cass, get through that first week and then focus on the rest."