Recruiting Diary: Lassiter QB and ex-UCLA commit Eddie Printz (Vol. III)

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 as a junior. 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.

Note: Last week, Printz said he was told by UCLA that his scholarship offer was withdrawn in a story you can read about right here.

I am so appreciative for the great people at Lassiter High School.  Coach Jep Irwin kept my head clear with great advice this past week so I could stay focused.  My friends, teammates, teachers, school administration, and coaches are the greatest extended family.  I had the worst news I could have ever had after being committed to UCLA for nine months when they turned their back on me. The Lassiter community rallied.  GO TROJANS! We balled out against a very good Kell team. We weren’t going to lose that night. We had something to prove as a team.  By the way, I have a lot of respect for Kell coach Derek Cook.  I hope they have a great season.

AJC Super 11 QB Eddie Printz said he was told by UCLA last week that his scholarship offer was bring withdrawn (AJC)

AJC Super 11 QB Eddie Printz said he was told by UCLA last week that his scholarship offer was being withdrawn (AJC)

I should have known nothing was certain after the way UCLA treated Keyante Green. I learned that you can’t always trust people because they are in a position of authority.  I loved the fans I met at UCLA and I loved the school but now I have to move forward.   This entire process has been crazy.  One day I am committed to SMU and June Jones took the job at Arizona State and I was told I wasn’t committed to SMU but I could go to ASU with them.  Huh?  The biggest regret I have is that I didn’t visit more schools over the summer.

If any young players are reading this let me pass on the best advice anyone gave me in High School.  Rip Rowan was a senior when I was a freshman and he told me to get good grades in ninth grade and keep my GPA high.  He said most kids mess up when they enter high school and it is so hard to dig their way out.  Thank goodness I have good grades because after the AJC wrote the article on UCLA rescinding my offer, my phone blew up.  The first thing coaches asked about were about grades.  If any young players are reading this I hope they hear this.  It’s not just lectures, it is real talk.

I guess the recruiting process is starting over for me again.  I will sit down with my Dad in the next couple of weeks and talk about a game plan to move forward.  Right now I am not going to worry about it.  My faith is strong, so I realize my plan is already laid out and I will see it soon enough.  I am going to watch the Cherokee game film one more time, play some Madden on Xbox with our Cobb County interception leader, Patrick Levandoski, and then get some sleep.

Next entry I will update with my official visits.  Schools need to keep coming by to see the greatest under the radar senior, Lassiter offensive lineman Logan Doar.  He is 6-foot-4 and 315 pounds with great skills.  I know all the college coaches tell me they read this AJC diary so come check him out.

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

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