May 13, 2009

Bucks pique interest of 4-star QB

Memphis (Tenn.) University School quarterback Barry Brunetti may not have been in the center of the spotlight in the beginning of his recruiting process, but the dual-threat signal caller is starting to grab quite a bit of attention.

Brunetti, a 6-foot-0, 207-pound dual-threat quarterback, picked up two offers yesterday from Purdue and West Virginia to go along with scholarship offers from Penn State, Memphis, Tulsa, Marshall, Duke, and Mississippi.

To go along with those offers, Brunetti is also grabbing some attention from Ohio State, Florida, Virginia Tech, and his in-state school, Tennessee.

"It feels good to get all this attention," Brunetti said. "I am trying to get as (many offers) from schools as I can now."

One offer that could eventually come is from Ohio State, who sent quarterbacks coach Nick Siciliano down to Brunetti's high school last week. Brunetti said he was excited about having a coach from Ohio State down at his school and felt the visit went quite well.

"It went really good and my coaches had a lot of good things to say," Brunetti said of Siciliano's visit. "(Siciliano) watched me throw and he told my coaches that I have a strong arm and I have all of my mechanics down. He wants me to go through the process and come to camp and throw for one day.

"I plan on making it out Columbus and I am going to talk it over more with my family," Brunetti added.

Brunetti said he plans on keeping in close contact with Siciliano in the future in order to keep up with where Ohio State is at and the possibility of gaining an offer from the Buckeyes.

"I am going to call him some time this week and talk more about (an offer)," Brunetti said. "I know Ohio State recruits quarterbacks, offering them one by one, and I like that process, but I will talk about (an offer) more this week when I get on the phone with him.

"I want to keep in close contact with him because he is a cool guy," Brunetti said. "I mean like talking to him and I want to see their campus too because I hear it is really nice. I am going to check it out, with an offer or not, I want to see it."

Brunetti didn't do much to hide how interested he was in Ohio State, saying the Buckeyes would make it pretty high on his list if they were to eventually come through with a scholarship offer.

"That would put them up there. They'd be in my top five," Brunetti said. "I was interested in Ohio State since I was young, but at the same time I don't really have any top schools right now. I just want to keep everyone even and look at my options."

Watching Ohio State quite a bit in the past, Brunetti is familiar with what the Buckeyes have been able to accomplish in terms of quarterbacks in the recent past. With the immergence of Terrelle Pryor as the star of the team, Brunetti likes the direction Ohio State is headed in terms of the quarterbacks.

"I have seen what Ohio State has done at quarterback with Terrelle Pryor and Troy Smith," Brunetti said. "I really like what they have done with their quarterbacks."

While Brunetti is pleased with the progression of his game, he also has things he wants to work on.

"I just need to make quicker reads," Brunetti said. "I have a quick release, but I need to make quicker reads."

For Brunetti his is coming onto the scene late, but he is fine with that because he is pleased with the late push he is making with offers and interest.

"I know I came on late, but its fine because I am getting those offers," Brunetti said. "Who knows what would have happened if I came on earlier, but I am happy with what I have now."

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