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.
August was an exciting month. I was selected to The AJC Super 11 which is the highest individual honor for a high school player in Georgia. I am humbled by this recognition. Guys I know like Jamal Lewis, Joe Burns and Robert Cromartie were Super 11 players. Don’t ask me how the selection process works because I don’t know about stats, stars or anything other than wins. Like Coach Ron Veal says, stay hungry and humble. It is a huge honor and credit to my Lassiter teammates but to be honest I would give back any individual awards to be able to lead Lassiter to a State Championship for a team trophy.
Recruiting never stops, it just comes and goes in waves. Even though I am a solid commit to UCLA I still receive letters and emails from many schools. I have heard from Washington, Arkansas, Indiana, Oklahoma State and Wisconsin. UNC’s Coach Anderson read my story and saw how committed I was to UCLA, so he is not recruiting me anymore. UGA’s staff sent me a congratulatory AJC Super 11 photo signed by the entire UGA coaching staff. Even though UGA has a solid 2013 QB commit heading to Athens and I am 100% committed to UCLA, it shows how much class Coach Mark Richt and his staff have. Coach Sewak from GT also sent me a congratulatory message on the award. I know Coach Sewak personally, and he is awesome. One of my middle school teammates, Shamire Devine, is going to play for him next year.
I communicate with the UCLA coaches often. Before they went to fall camp Coach Mora wished me well with Lassiter’s fall camp and said he is excited I will be on campus in the spring to compete. Coach Mazzone checks in with me to talk about my development as a player. Coach Klemm helped me set my official visit date of November 17 when UCLA plays USC in the Rose Bowl. I cannot wait to hear the UCLA crowd. The Rose Bowl is going to be my home field for the next four years after high school.
My only individual goal is to lead Lassiter every game this year so we can be playing Dec. 15 in the Georgia Dome. I embrace that role. That is also our team goal. It goes like this: win the next game, win the region and then win the State Championship. We have a lot of three year starters coming back this year. Josh Danforth and Ryan Gildea are ready to dominate on defense. Personally, I believe I have a better understanding on how to read defenses. Coach Herring is a very detail oriented coach who has taught me how to prepare for any game situation.
Several people have asked me about breaking a state record for passing yards and I don’t even know how many yards I have right now. It’s not important to me because if you break records and lose what’s the point? All I know is we play a tough Hillgrove team the first game of the season. That is all I am focusing on.
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.