Last Friday, I made a trip to Wadsworth High School to watch a quarterback from Brecksville High School play basketball. His football coach had sent me his information during the week, along with his HUDL link. Really wanted to get the early edge on this QB in the Class of 2021.
One problem – he broke his hand and only played in the first two varsity games. Virtually no video out there. But he started varsity as a 9th grader. In fact, he started football, varsity basketball, and varsity baseball – all in his 9th grade year.
Joe Labas is a 6’3-175, three sport athlete for Brecksville High School. Really liked his ability to play under control last Friday. Good offensive player, but I really liked his “quiet toughness” on defense. Really athletic. Good ball skills and can shoot. Enough about basketball.
As I said earlier, limited video, but here is what I see. Accurate short/long. Good mobility – avoids the rush. Good release. Gets ball out quickly. Throws on run to either side. Needs to get hips move involved going left. Like his poise under pressure. Like his zip when gets his feet set. Needs to complete follow thru at times. Get hips into throw.
I sense he wants to make football is sport after high school and to be a D1A college quarterback. Although he was not a quarterback, his dad played at St Ignatius HS. Good blood lines.
Joe plays three sports, but, as his hand continues to get stronger, he is getting back into lifting. Like any sophomore QB, he has to get bigger/stronger/faster and really develop his core muscles.
Talked with Joe a few minutes today. Being a leader is important to him. Whether it be as a quarterback, a shortstop, or 3-man, he feels leadership is important. Remember – he started all three sports as a 9th grader. His broken hand has healed, but is still somewhat tender.
Really like the potential of QB Joe Labas. Like his QB skills. Like his QB presence on video. Like his toughness. Like his desire to be a D1 quarterback.
With little HUDL video and a 2 game sophomore season, Joe needs to get exposure. Period! Really believe that he could go into next season as one of the top six MSR QB’s in the Ohio 2021 Class.
Looking forward to watching him this summer and next fall.