February 21, 2011

2013 Quarterback plans busy summer

While most coaching staffs are looking into the start of the 2012 Recruiting Class, Heritage High School's Ryan Novak is trying to make a name for himself in the Class of 2013. The Littleton (Colo.) signalcaller said he is setting up a list of visits and camps for this summer in anticipation of his first scholarship offer.

The 6-foot-5, 235-pound Novak completed 150-of-291 passes last season for 2,226 yards and 23 touchdowns. While Novak said there were some hiccups going from a triple-option offense to more of a passing attack, he thought the team played far better than it's record. Novak said Heritage was 2-8 last season with five losses by seven points or less.

"Last year we had some growing pains," he said. "The year before when I was a freshman we ran the triple-option with a quarterback (Mitch Griebl) who is at the Air Force now. Last year we changed the offense during the season, so there were some bumps in the road there, but we did pretty good. We didn't get the timing we would have liked in some plays, but for moving up from 4-A to 5-A, I think our team did pretty good."

Novak said this off-season he and his quarterback coach will travel to Oklahoma to try to learn the Sooners' no-huddle attack. In addition to learning another new offense, Novak said he wants to improve his completion percentage from 51.5 percent to somewhere in the high 60's or low 70's.

Novak added that his plan for the summer includes both unofficial visits and camps. He has already been to UCLA and USC and will go to TCU, SMU, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Miami and Penn State this summer.

"Coaches want me to get out to all the camps that I can possibly get out to," Novak said. "USC is going to have me to their camp this off-season, which is their Rising Stars camp for Juniors. The other schools want to build a relationship with me by having me contact them before the Sept. 1 dateline for when they can contact me and be on their radar."

Colorado State is one of many schools Novak is speaking with, after Novak attended a camp at CSU and had the opportunity to meet the coaching staff after a game his father officiated recently.

"I went to a camp there and my dad has worked a CSU game and I was able to be around the staff after a game," Novak said. "They are a good staff and it is a good program. I think if I get offered from them it is a school I am definitely interested in. I like their offense. One of my other quarterback coaches is Justin Holland and he was a CSU quarterback. That would be a really cool opportunity if I could go there."

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