The Truth About Drew: New Canaan QB stays grounded amid hype and skepticism

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By Scott Ericson, Gametime CT

While working out in Mobile, Alabama, at QB Country the summer before eighth grade, the South Alabama coach saw Pyne throwing and asked to watch some film of the youngster.

The coach was impressed enough by what he saw to offer Pyne in hopes of landing a verbal commitment from him.

Pyne thought the coach was messing with him and was upset when he saw his mother later in the day.

“Honestly, I couldn’t believe it,” Pyne said. “When they said they were going to offer me I thought, ‘That’s not true,’ and I left and didn’t think anything of it. I talked to my mom about it thinking he was joking, and I thought, ‘That’s not cool,’ but then I texted him later and he said he was serious.”

Within two weeks, Florida State contacted Pyne, and before he got to New Canaan, he had five DI offers.

Pyne’s coach at QB Country, its founder David Morris, was not at all surprised Pyne began seeing offers right away.

“People who don’t realize how special he is don’t know what it takes to be a good quarterback,” Morris said. “If you see him throw or turn on his film, you see right away how special he is and why he got recruited so early. One of the most impressive things about Drew is, as human beings we’re impressed with ourselves and Drew never seems impressed with himself. Which is a unique quality in anyone, especially a young kid.”

Morris played quarterback at Ole Miss and has worked with signal-callers such as Eli Manning, AJ McCarron, Matt Barkley and the New York Giants’ 2019 first-round draft pick, Daniel Jones from Duke.

Pyne continues to work with Morris in person a couple of weekends a year during the offseason.

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