2014 Commit #2 – Blake Bogenschutz

Carthage Football: Blake Bogenschutz

Well, that escalated quickly. Within a matter of a few hours, UTSA extended a fresh offer to a quarterback and sealed up the wildly-recruited position in this small 2014 recruiting class. Your next quarterback to don a Roadrunner jersey will be Blake Bogenschutz, a 6’0″, 175 lb. athlete that helped lead the Carthage Bulldogs to an 11-3 record last year before falling to El Campo in the 3A state playoffs. With Bogenschutz under center the past two years, Carthage is a combined 20-7. Blake has put up some fairly impressive stats during his two years as a varsity quarterback, amassing 5,566 passing yards and 62 TDs against just 19 INTs. By all accounts, Bogenschutz is an outstanding leader and teammate. You can check out an interview he did with Inside Texas High School Football here.

Why Bogenschutz? The state of Texas is loaded with Division I talent at quarterback, and UTSA was recruiting several of them. The most likely explanation is that UTSA is attempting to transition to an offense that has the quarterback carrying the ball more often. Not that Blake’s arm is inferior to those of Cripps, Arbuckle, Gnacinski, etc., because it’s not, but Bogenschutz is definitely the quickest of any quarterback that UTSA has seriously recruited yet. What is odd though is that Carthage’s offense rarely has Bogenschutz carrying the ball outside of QB sneaks. Blake must have really showed out at camp to get an offer since the staff really hasn’t seen film of him running the type of offense that UTSA is likely looking to implement. That being said, Blake’s smarts and 4.6 second 40 yard dash will lend itself well to read options and QB draws. Bogenschutz ran an impressive 4.12 second pro shuttle at the ETSN combine, showing that he can move laterally and change directions quickly. If accurate, that time would be the second-quickest among quarterbacks in the NFL combine this summer.

Obviously the staff sees Soza in Bogenschutz. Winning pedigree, quick on his feet, extremely smart and team-oriented. I think Blake has a much, much stronger arm (I’ve seen him hit a wide receiver in stride with a BULLET 50 yards out) but the skill sets, both soft and hard,  are quite similar. When this commitment broke, I felt very uneasy about it. Bogenschutz’s only other offer was from… Arkansas Tech. Small quarterbacks can be a gamble. But the more I’ve learned about Bogenschutz the more I’m impressed by UTSA’s talent evaluation and sheer disregard for positional protocols. UTSA is already winning with one 6’0″ quarterback, why not place your trust in another one?

Private highlights, but here’s a link to a full Carthage game. There are a couple more on YouTube if you really feel like watching some film.

2014 UTSA Commitments

  1. Greg Kelley SS – Leander HS (6’1”, 200, 4.48)

  2. Blake Bogenschutz QB – Carthage HS (6’0”, 175, 4.64)

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