Rush Propst’s star quarterback to throw for Alabama, Auburn

Rush Propst’s star quarterback to throw for Alabama, Auburn

A sleeper quarterback candidate to join Alabama or Auburn’s class plays for one of the most recognized names in Alabama high school football history.

Steven Krajewski is a 6-foot-4, 205-pound three-star 2018 recruit from Colquitt County High School in Moultrie, Ga., and he’s now the starting quarterback for Rush Propst, who won multiple state championships at Hoover High School last decade.

Krajewski will throw for Alabama and Auburn on Saturday. His top offers now include Connecticut, Syracuse and Georgia State, but there’s potential for more.

“He’s climbing the ladder fast,” Propst said while Colquitt County was in Hoover for the USA Football 7on7 championships. “I think he’s one of the top three quarterbacks in the state of Georgia.”

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Given what that state has in terms of star quarterback, it’s an enormous compliment. Propst believes that five-star recruits Justin Fields and Trevor Lawrence – perhaps the nation’s top two prospects nationally – are No. 1 and 2 in some order. Then there’s Krajewski.

But he’s entering his first year as a starter, so he wasn’t on many schools’ radar until this spring. Krajewski moved to Georgia before last season from Michigan after his father George retired and wanted to live in warmer weather. He didn’t start last season as the Packers had an established senior starter.

Now, it’s his time to shine. Alabama offensive coordinator Brian Daboll and Auburn offensive coordinator Chip Lindsey have been in contact and both want to see him perform on their campus.

“They wouldn’t have invited him to camp to throw if they didn’t like him,” Propst said. “They need to see him live and in color and that’s what we’re going to go.”

Krajewski performed in front of Georgia coaches at a recent 7on7 tournament there, one which Colquitt County win and Propst praised his quarterback’s performance. The Bulldogs, like Auburn, are all in for Fields and likely waiting to see what he does before going after another quarterback.

The plan is for Krajewski to visit Tallahassee, Fla., and throw for Florida State on Thursday, and then travel to Tuscaloosa on Friday. He’ll throw for Alabama coaches on Saturday morning before making the trip to Auburn that afternoon to throw for Auburn coaches. Following that, he’ll visit Syracuse and UConn early the next week.

Propst said Krajewski has gotten better with each camp performance.

“It’s an incredible opportunity to go throw for such great schools,” Krajewski said. “I’m very excited. I can’t wait. I’m just truly blessed to have that opportunity.

“The coaches have talked to me. I’ve got to go in with the mindset that I’m the best one there.”

Krajewski said that he’s heard more from Auburn at this point than Alabama. The Tigers have a quarterback commitment in Joey Gatewood from Jacksonville, Fla., but would like to sign two. Alabama does not have a quarterback committed yet for this class.

It’s clear that Fields is the top option, not just for those two schools but others such as Georgia. Fields visited Auburn on Thursday and Alabama expects him to visit again later this week for its Champions Cookout.

“I’m looking forward to throwing for them to show them what I can do,” Krajewski said.

Last season, Krajewski hit 20 of 28 passes for 292 yards and five touchdowns. He also runs a 4.8 in the 40-yard dash, Propst said.

Propst said earlier this spring that Krajewski needed to work on his touch, moving around the pocket more and finding his check down.

So far, he keeps getting better. Now, it’s on to Krajewski to earn that Power 5 conference offer he desires.

“I think he’s a Division I quarterback,” Propst said. “I think he’s a Power 5 guy. I’ve been doing this a long time. He’s big. He’s strong. He loves the game of football. I’ve seen a lot of them play in that league that’s not as good as he is.

“After those two quarterbacks (Fields and Lawrence), I’ve had a lot of people tell me that Steven is probably the next guy.”

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Published at Sun, 16 Jul 2017 19:00:59 +0000