Kaneland senior quarterback Drew David has no problem wanting to prove people wrong.
David, who Rivals.com lists at 6 feet, 170 pounds, admits that college coaches won’t make a point of mentioning his height to him, but they’ve thrown it out there.
However, David doesn’t want to let his height get in the way of a possible Division I scholarship. This summer, he’s been to camps at Northern Illinois, Iowa State and Grand Valley State – a Division II powerhouse – and has been in contact with all three schools.
David said he thought the camps went well, and still hopes to sign with a Football Bowl Subdivision school on National Signing Day in February. He also would consider going to a Football Championship Subdivision or Division II program, as well as walking on at an FBS school.
He isn’t going to let his height deter him.
“I know a lot of people would probably beg to differ with my height and stuff. It would take a lot of commitment and hard work,” David said. “I’m actually a huge Wisconsin fan. I enjoyed watching Russell Wilson (the current Seahawks QB who’s listed at 5-11), it opened my eyes.”
Toward the end of a sophomore season in which he was named Daily Chronicle Player of the Year after throwing for 3,310 yards and 39 touchdowns and running for 396 yards and five touchdowns, David started receiving letters from different programs, and the list included Big Ten programs.
As a junior in 2012, David didn’t have quite the season he had in 2011, but still threw for 23 touchdowns. In an Oct. 5 win over Yorkville, David suffered a broken wrist, and he admitted it had a negative effect on him.
“It was on my throwing hand. I couldn’t move my wrist really. It was really hard to flip things with authority,” David said. “It just kind of made things really tough, we just tried to tape things and stuff. ... It was really tough to deal with.
“I don’t know if it had anything to do with drawing college coaches away. I try to not look too far in the past.”
David hasn’t received any scholarship offers but is hoping they come along with another strong season for him and the Knights.
The end of last season was a nightmare for Kaneland, which suffered a 31-15 loss at Lincoln-Way West in the second round of the IHSA Class 5A playoffs.
Last year the Knights rolled to their third consecutive unbeaten regular season and Northern Illinois Big 12 East title. David thought outside influences played a factor in Kaneland’s upset loss, which he said was worse than the Knights’ last-minute Class 5A semifinal loss to Montini the year before.
“There was a lot of talk about us last year going to state. A lot of hype around us,” David said. “I think last year, what helped kind of spur that second-round loss, we kind of let it. We wouldn’t say it, but I think deep down we kind of let it.
“Joliet Catholic, [in the quarterfinals], they would have been the team. People were kind of looking ahead. I think that played some sort of factor in it.”
This season, David will look to lead another strong Kaneland team that features running back Jesse Balluff and offensive lineman Joe Komel, another Division I prospect.
It’s the last chance for a strong senior class to make a big run, and it doesn’t want a repeat of 2012.
“More of a one-game-at-a-time (approach). We’re focusing on this regardless of who we’re playing,” David said. “A lot of seniors, including myself, we’ve been talking. We get one crack at it. We’re not going to mess it up.We’re going to take it one week at a time.”