Liberty QB falling through the cracks?

Corey Slater (Chris Fetters/ spoke with Renton (Wash.) Liberty QB Corey Slater, who is tearing up the KingCo 3A ranks. His team is 7-1, but when you're in the same league as Bellevue it doesn't give the rest of the league much hope of a playoff berth.

"KingCo only gets one berth," Slater said. "They changed it, but it goes into effect after the playoffs start, so we could be 9-1 and not make the playoffs. There was going to be a mini-playoff between Metro and KingCo, but it got voted down 5-4. Right now, Metro gets three teams, and we've already beat their second and third teams, Rainier Beach and Eastside Catholic."

So far in 2004, the 6-1, 195-pound Slater has thrown for 1702 yards and 22 touchdowns, with only three interceptions in eight games. He also boasts a 60-percent completion percentage. "I don't worry about the numbers, mayber percentage if anything," he said.

Talk turns toward the Bellevue game, one that Liberty had in their sights. "We should have beat 'em," said Slater. "We were in the game in the fourth quarter and they got a couple of fluke plays. We ended up with 598 yards of offense. I talked with E.J. Savannah and he thought we had been preparing for them all year, and really we had only been preparing for a week."

With numbers like he's put up, you'd think Slater would be getting some sizeable recruiting attention. "It's pretty slow, actually," confessed Slater. "Montana is on me big-time. I think a lot of coaches are in the middle of their seasons, but I feel like I'm getting overlooked. A lot of people are saying that I'm not as tall as I am. There's a lot of great quarterbacks that are shorter."

So what are the Griz telling Slater? "They like my ability to run, my ability to throw on the run," he said. "I understand the defenses that much better this year. But they aren't offering me because they got screwed by it last year by Alex Smart (Eastern Washington) and Cole Morgan (Washington State) last year. They verbally committed and then turned them down. But Coach Luther Carr said that I have the ability to be a four-year starter for them."

With no disrespect intended to Montana, Slater has always set his sights just a little higher. "I look at is as, are they going to take a chance on me? I know the process is going to be slow, but I think that somebody is going to take a chance on me," Slater said when asked about the possibility of earning a D1 offer. "Jason Gesser...there's all these guys that they take chances on. Arkelon Hall - he's 6-1 and runs a 4.9. I've been told by plenty of people that I'm a better quarterback than he is. It's just going to take time, and that's what my coaches are telling me."

Western and Eastern Washington are the only other schools talking to Slater right now. "I went up to Western last weekend unofficially, but that's not my style of football," he said.

"I've been sending out film. Against Bellevue I threw for 334 and 4 touchdowns. Against Rainier Beach I was 12-17 for 197 yards in the pouring rain. Against Newport, I was 27-41 for 301. Those are the kind of games I've been sending out. Just making DVD's and sending them out to schools like Arizona State, most of the Pac-10 schools, and Montana."

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