Utah football recruiting: Utes find the ideal fit in Class of 2023 QB Mack Howard
By Ari Wasserman, The Athletic
Utah isn’t flashy. Neither is Mack Howard. Both, though, are very good.
Howard has had to grind to cultivate his skills. He has been working with private quarterbacks coach David Morris for years to refine his skill set. He has won a state championship at the high school level, and he shut down his recruitment early to focus on personal development.
Morris, the founder of QB Country, has worked with too many elite-level quarterbacks to count. His quarterbacks school has 13 alumni in the NFL, including Daniel Jones, Mac Jones, Davis Mills, Sam Howell, Bailey Zappe, Cooper Rush … the list goes on. At the college level, Oregon’s Bo Nix, Georgia’s Stetson Bennett and North Carolina’s Drake Maye have worked with QB Country. Morris, who was Eli Manning’s backup at Ole Miss, has also worked directly with five-star quarterback and Texas commit Arch Manning.
Needless to say, Morris knows a thing or two about the quarterback position.
“There are guys who are freaks, and then there are really, really good quarterbacks in the mold of Tom Brady,” Morris said. “He’s a really good athlete and he’s a good basketball player, but he’s got good upside. It’s big. He doesn’t need to play immediately. Take some time to learn and grow, and he’s going to be a really, really good player.
“You know, occasionally you’ll be watching a football game and you’ll see a quarterback and say, ‘Wow that’s the best player on the field.’ Then you’ll say, ‘But the guy on the other team is the best quarterback on the field.’ Mack is just a really good quarterback. He’s not going to lose you games. He’s going to throw it exactly where it needs to be thrown and he’s going to be on time.”
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