Yellow Jackets standout Kody Spano likes his odds of making this summer’s EA Sports Elite 11 Quarterback camp.
His tryout — the final such event before the California summit of the nation’s top prep signal callers — will be held in Las Vegas Saturday, and given Spano’s habit of rising to the occasion, one would be foolish to bet against him.
“I think I can (make the final Elite 11 camp),” Spano said.
Just 12 quarterbacks will wind up making the final group, but Spano said he did not feel any pressure. Spano, who has already verbally committed to play for Oklahoma State following his forthcoming senior season, said the drills are just like the ones he does with Yellow Jackets head coach Chad Morris “all the time.”
That includes exercises focusing on drops, footwork and “just getting rid of the football quick” — in other words, “straight-up quarterback stuff.”
Much of that now comes as second nature to Spano, who threw for 2,889 yards and 31 touchdowns and ran for another 532 yards as a junior last season.
“I don’t feel like I have anything to prove,” he said.
Instead, he believes he has a “bunch of people to represent”: namely, Morris, Stephenville, Oklahoma State and the many other universities that have recruited him.
What he expects to do Saturday is simple — “just perform.”
“I think I’m ready to go,” he said.
The camp has become one of the premier events for prep quarterbacks. Stephenville star and Parade All-America Jevan Snead was among those selected to the illustrious 2005 camp, alongside Matthew Stafford and Tim Tebow.
The weekend trip will offer a change of pace from the 7-on-7 tournaments that have been filling Spano’s Saturdays.
The Yellow Jackets, who qualified for a spot in next month’s state tournament in their first series of games, remain undefeated. The varsity has been doing so well, in fact, that they earned a weekend off. The junior varsity will take their place this weekend at Brownwood’s state qualifier.
Spano, who called the team’s current 16-0 streak “awesome,” is looking forward to state, held July 13-14 in College Station. Stephenville advanced to the semi-finals last year before losing to Colleyville Heritage.
“I think we can win it this year,” he said.
“I think we can get to the final game.”