Recruiting Diary: UCLA-bound QB Eddie Printz of Lassiter (Vol. 1)

Some of Atlanta’s college football prospects will be writing a weekly diary for the AJC until February’s signing day. They will be sharing their thoughts, opinions, adventures and perspectives on the recruiting journey.

Eddie Printz led Lassiter High School to its first-ever appearance in the state semifinals last year. He completed 277 of 442 passes for 3,350 yards and 28 touchdowns with 9 interceptions. Printz committed to SMU last September, and later switched to UCLA in January.

UCLA QB recruit Eddie Printz

UCLA QB recruit Eddie Printz

This year, 2012, is a very special year in my life.  I am so excited about playing football with my Lassiter football family.  We have been through so much together and I will never forget my time with them.  They have been there for me and I will always be there for them.  My early commitment to UCLA allowed me to enjoy a great summer with them before I head off to college next year.  It was one of the best decisions in my life.  My hard work and dedication paid off and made my family so proud.

I like the fact that I committed to UCLA early.  Coach [Jim] Mora is a great coach and I hope I can help him lead UCLA to a PAC 12 Championship.  I feel like I am a Bruin and the Coaches and fans treat me like family. My former Lassiter teammate Kene Orjioke is out there in Westwood right now and he keeps me informed.  I know what to expect when I hit campus in January.  It still feels new because every month someone new commits to UCLA.  It’s like getting a new football brother.

It was such a big relief to be committed early this summer.  Coach Mora said if I committed to UCLA, I didn’t have to look anywhere else.  They are only taking one QB and I was the No. 1 guy on their board.  That was great.  UCLA has everything I want in a school on and off the field.  I believe the Pac-12 is the best conference for developing QBs, and a degree from UCLA will open many doors after I graduate.

I am trying to recruit other prospects in the Atlanta area.  I can’t really say who most of them are because they don’t want me to let anyone know because they are committed to other schools.  The one player I can tell you about is prospect Brendan Langley (South Carolina).  He is a great player, and the coaches at UCLA want to see him become a Bruin.  Coach Mora coached DBs in the NFL, and he is so connected; it would give Langley an edge up to play on Sundays.  Most of the coaches at UCLA have either played in the NFL or coached in the NFL.  I would also like to see Willie Police, receiver from Lassiter, get an offer from UCLA.  I think Willie is under the radar because he plays lacrosse in the off season and doesn’t go to camps.

As far as invites to All-American games, the event I competed in was the Semper Fidelis Combine in Phoenix, Ariz.  I competed in that event because I wanted to play in the Semper Fidelis All-American Game being held at Qualcomm Stadium next January.  Not a bad place to be during the winter months.  It went great and I earned a spot in the game.  That was really cool because my uncle is a retired Marine who lives in Phoenix.  He was so proud that I was invited to play in the game.

I got to enjoy my summer with friends this year.  It was great!  I haven’t had a summer like this in about 10 years.  It was a normal summer where I got to go to Lake Lanier, the beach and just chill with my friends from Lassiter.  When I was younger, I played travel baseball, so my summers would be covered up.  The past five years, I would go to prospect camps or visit schools to get exposure.  I always felt like it was a sacrifice to be able to play at the next level and giving up summers was part of it.   I know schools want to see you throw in person and if I didn’t visit a school it would be like telling them I wasn’t interested in them.  It also gave me a chance to see their coaching style.  After going through the process, I would recommend to prospects to commit as soon as they know and enjoy their time in high school.

I visited UCLA in January, May and June.  I committed in January.  I knew I wanted to play for QB Coach Noel Mazzone by his credentials.  He was training Tim Tebow, Cam Newton, Christian Ponder, Philip Rivers and several other NFL QB’s in the offseason.  I was so impressed when I met Coach Mazzone and it was at that point my decision was made.   His son, Taylor, works with the QBs, too, and he’s very cool.  They will make me better.

In May, me and my Dad spent a weekend in Los Angeles to visit the campus and watch the UCLA Spring Game.  It was at The Rose Bowl where UCLA plays their home games.  It was amazing.  A very cool thing happened there. Coach Mora introduced me to his father, and his dad knew who I was and had watched my film.  He said it was good to meet the QB who was going to help UCLA win a National Championship.  I was so humbled by meeting him and being welcomed into a great football family.  They are very gracious people who make you feel very special.  I will not let him down.  I will outwork everyone until we succeed.

People always ask me about other QBs at camps.  I don’t worry about what other QBs do at camps. I am a football player, and not a camper.  Last year in the playoffs, I had Naim Mustafaa, Kenderius Whitehead, Darius English and Koty Allen all trying to take my head off.  You don’t get that in camps because in camps you get a T-shirt, and in real games you get an ice bath afterwards.  Haha.

The most fun part of recruiting is going to games.  I really enjoy college football.  It is amazing to see the fans, hear the bands and feel the roar of the crowd.   You get to see how coaches treat players when they are under pressure.  I usually look at that when I watch games on TV during the season.

The worst part  of recruiting is being under a media microscope.  I had to shut down my Facebook because it was getting crazy with  5-10 requests for interviews a day, strange messages from people I never met and so many requests from trainers and recruiters who can get me to the next level.  Huh?  It is absolutely crazy!  I only talk to a few media people now to keep it manageable.

I still get letters every day.   In the spring, we had over 100 college coach visit Lassiter.  When coaches asked Lassiter coach Jep Irwin if I would flip, he told them I was solid to UCLA.  100%  I am a UCLA Bruin! I took two summer school online classes so I can be in Westwood in January.

  • Featured prospect: Eddie Printz
  • Position: Quarterback
  • Size: 6-3, 200
  • High School: Lassiter High School
  • College offers: Committed to UCLA
  • Fast fact: Was a catalyst for Lassiter’s Cinderella run in the state playoffs, with three straight wins on the road.

Editor’s note: The AJC’s intent with the player diaries is to demonstrate what the thought processes are for seniors at different levels of success as they go through their senior seasons. Please keep the comments civil or we will be forced to close commenting.

49 comments Add your comment

Dad

August 3rd, 2012
12:43 am

Good luck out west Eddie and good luck during the 2012 season.

waltonfan

August 3rd, 2012
1:10 am

Good luck Eddie…hope you have a great 2012 season except, of course, for at least one game. Maybe two depending on how the playoff bracket shakes out.

A person SMART enough to know......

August 3rd, 2012
2:06 am

He must be too young to know much about Mora…
Good luck and enjoy but Mora isn’t but a set or two higher than Petrino.

A person SMART enough to know......

August 3rd, 2012
2:13 am

Glad he likes his QB coach but Mora i just don’t like from his time as the Falcon coach.

kingdaddy

August 3rd, 2012
5:38 am

Eddie
Good Luck out West, I hope you make your dreams come true. Study hard, get a good education and play your heart out, also hope you have a big year this year. Go Dawgs…

East Cobb Viking Dad

August 3rd, 2012
5:57 am

Good luck Eddie. I have watched you play since you were 5 years old. You are the ultimate competitor and you have worked your tail off for years. I’m proud to know you!

D-Line Coach

August 3rd, 2012
6:06 am

MC,

This is a great feature. EP is an outstanding young man. He will represent the state of Georgia very well.

Coach T

Bill Dawg

August 3rd, 2012
6:20 am

This young man has it together. Very impressive.
Good luck Eddie

D.E.

August 3rd, 2012
6:22 am

Looking good at the moment for us DAWGS on the Tunsil front.

Game Changer

August 3rd, 2012
6:48 am

He will play before prior teammate Mason who is at UGA. Crying shame to say the least.

Just where is Alvin Kamara leaning: Tenn, USC, S. Carolina ?????????????

Game Changer

August 3rd, 2012
6:51 am

DE: Tunsil is all Gator at this time — are you the new ryan

Trojan Dad

August 3rd, 2012
7:38 am

Great young man. Good luck this season.

D.E.

August 3rd, 2012
7:44 am

Game changer-I’m not one to argue or bicker on a column. We all have our opinions…..but there is a reason why UF offered the T from Colquitt County last week.

Right now my opinion is 1.UGA 2.Bama 3. UF

@D.E.

August 3rd, 2012
7:55 am

I agree- UGA is in great shape with Tunsil, but with recruits you can never tell until their name is on the dotted line.

I have never subcribed to pay recruiting sites, but there are some knowledgeable posters on various UGA boards that make me feel good about Kamara, Trenton Brown, Seymour, Griffin, Jay Woods, and Tunsil. Once we get a visit from Montravious Adams, our chances go up from there.

Need my Sleep

August 3rd, 2012
8:27 am

Good Luck Eddie! Why in the heck are all your fans on this page writing comments in the middle of the night!?

Go Bruins!

August 3rd, 2012
8:40 am

A great choiice! I’m a UCLA ‘77 grad living here in GA since 1990. I am SO glad that a Trojan is becoming a Bruin!

mammaRosenberg

August 3rd, 2012
8:44 am

Congrats Eddie…just realized that you and Chase are writen up at the same time. I remember watching the two of you play together when you were REALLY young. So thrilled for you and your family..what a fun time in your life this is…Soak up all the good that this bring..All the best as you con’t your football journey at the next level.
BA

bucket

August 3rd, 2012
9:24 am

Congrats to the young man Printz for having an opportunity of a lifetime. I hope he has a great career on the Left Coast.

Big Crimson 75

August 3rd, 2012
9:24 am

You gotta love the enthusiasm of these young men — “Jim Mora ia a great football coach”!!!
Moron Jr must be chalking this one up to printz remembering He was the last Falcon Coach to win a Playoff Game.

bucket

August 3rd, 2012
9:26 am

Trenton Brown has given his verbal commitment to UGA!

bucket

August 3rd, 2012
9:27 am

BTW, Trenton Brown has given his verbal commitment to UGA!

bucket

August 3rd, 2012
9:27 am

Sorry for the double post, my internet at home is freezing up for some reason.

@bucket

August 3rd, 2012
9:29 am

Great news! Let’s get Seymour and Tunsil and wrap up OL recruiting (unless Crowder wants aboard)

DawginLex

August 3rd, 2012
9:33 am

gum chewer still sitting in the corner chewing on his gums, fearful that UGA will do well this year

Tunsil has basically eliminated Florida but will still visit there because it is his home state

He has the same handler involved as Derrick Henry so Bama is now 1 with UGA 1A

Read and learn and quit hating

also Kamara is UGA big time lean now but the Greg Bryant de-commit from OK has a ripple effect there since Bryant has spoken with UGA and Auburn

Taco Meat

August 3rd, 2012
9:51 am

I’ve always thought EP was the top QB in the state. I didn’t follow him through high school, nor do I know him personally, but I’ve watched film on all of this year’s QBs (except Jennings) and he’s definitely under-rated. Best of luck to the kid and hopefully he makes us Georgians proud!

D.E.

August 3rd, 2012
9:53 am

The Brown verbal could very well have an impact on Tunsil.

Lame Kitten

August 3rd, 2012
4:44 pm

It was just a matter of time before the people with no life started responding. Haha.

Clemson T

August 3rd, 2012
4:55 pm

Which USC? The real one in Southern Cal?

Cobb Parent

August 3rd, 2012
4:58 pm

@been there You’re an idiot.

Bruin Fan

August 3rd, 2012
6:08 pm

I’m excited about having a kid with Eddie’s leadership ability, maturity and outlook on life playing for my school. Can he talk some of his receivers and linemen it to coming to UCLA also, the weathers great.

Old NGFL Coach

August 3rd, 2012
6:37 pm

Congratulations Eddie! Loved watching you play in Middle school except when you played Campbell. :-)

I am proud of you.

KeithB

August 3rd, 2012
6:59 pm

Good luck this season lil Ed! Looking forward to watching you play.

Coach

Joe L

August 3rd, 2012
9:17 pm

I am a MLK fan. We played Eddie in played last year. We both had great QBs. However Eddie kept the ball from MLK in the last minutes of the game. We lost that game to great QB that night. Eddie call a good game that night. Eddie is a great QB. Good luck!!!!!!!

#8clap

August 3rd, 2012
9:27 pm

UCLA is a great school. Wise decision young man.

Tim Tebow

August 3rd, 2012
10:33 pm

Regardless of all of the Mora jokes, good luck, young man. You seem to have a good head on your shoulders. You’ll need it with all of the linebackers trying to take it off not to mention your head coach (oops, I couldn’t help that after what he did here in Atlanta). Sorry, but best wishes.

REALLY!?

August 5th, 2012
8:02 am

What is wrong with people!? Why do you choose a public forum to bash the future coach of a student athlete…didn’t you learn as a child that if you dont have anything nice to say,
then dont say anything at all. take a look in the mirror and see if you are proud of who YOU see.

K. Conway

August 5th, 2012
10:43 am

Jim Mora…got to be kidding! One of the worst coaches of all time! Only a coach because of his Daddy!! Good luck ..you’re going to need it!

Prometheus

August 5th, 2012
12:14 pm

Trying to recruit Ga athletes to southern California. Shouldn’t be too hard. State of Ga has very little to offer.

Pago Pago DAWG

August 5th, 2012
1:42 pm

UCLA isn’t much, but…..living on the left coast in la la land will be an eye opener for sure.

Upsetum

August 5th, 2012
2:28 pm

Westwood is a nice place to attend college. It is a happening place

Smart Kid

August 5th, 2012
5:36 pm

UCLA is a great school and The PAC 12 is know for putting QBs in the NFL.
Good luck young man. Your future is bright.

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Drop Back Jack

August 5th, 2012
6:58 pm

Michael,
Excellent series on recruiting. I like all the player’s stories.

Did you see this virtual tour?
http://www.uclabruins.com/allaccess/?media=237196

335 sunny days a year.
I want to go to UCLA.

Chris

August 6th, 2012
12:18 am

Eddie will be doing it BIG at UCLA. I am glad to have Eddie as a teammate,

Freehawk

August 6th, 2012
8:12 am

This was an interesting interview, thanks.

RisingSeniors

August 6th, 2012
10:38 am

Eddie Printz AT&T Georgia Junior Bowl highlights presented by RisingSeniors.com.
http://vimeopro.com/risingseniors/highlights/video/40055791

P Fortune

August 6th, 2012
8:20 pm

From a 1980 Bruin grad congratulations Eddie! You picked a great place for an education and a program on the cusp of greatness. Don’t let the pressure get to you, be yourself! Best of luck.

Jane C

August 7th, 2012
8:25 pm

Bravo,Eddie! You are such an awesome young man, and you will excel and have the time of your life at UCLA. You worked hard, stayed focused, and have remained an honest, moral, and respectful person. You deserve everything that comes your way. Your friends and family are all so proud of you.

kybamafan

August 11th, 2012
3:37 pm

Great choice, Eddie. You worked hard for the opportunity to play at a great school. I would remind you though, you still have a obligation to continue to develop this high school season and I’m looking forward to watching you one more year.