Southwest Ohio is home to many of the top QB prospects in the Ohio Class of 2016. Hamilton Badin’s junior QB Zach Larkin is very much on that list.
Last Friday, I watched Zach lead Badin over Roger Bacon in a tough, hard fought game. Just before game time, I learned that Zach went through very limited practices during the week. In the last game his foot was stepped on, while going out of bounds. Actually for most of the first half it showed. Never seemed able to push off his foot.
Just before halftime he threw a pass over the middle for a touchdown. Plenty of zip, on target, and to the right receiver. Up until then, his passes had no zip. Badin also had gone to a solid running game.
Watched Zach last year and his biggest need was to get stronger and heavier. Listed at 6’4-195, he has done that. Arm strength has really developed, as well. On the basketball court, I liked his leadership skills and calmness. Last Friday, even though his foot was sore, he played well. Like his poise under pressure.
Zach is not going to beat you running the option. Probably not going to beat you with his feet. But he runs well enough to get first downs. Escapes in the pocket. Can avoid defenders. Can run the stretch play.
More of a pocket passer. At 6’4, he sees the field. Understands coverage. Excellent high release. Gets the ball out fast. Throws tight spirals. Most importantly, he throws catchable balls. Continue ReadingRead More »