Jacob Sirmon a big talent in Washington
It has been a tremendous past few months for a bumper crop of NFA trained quarterbacks.
Morgan Mahalak is headed to Oregon. JaJuan Lawson is going to New Mexico. John Wolford is headed to Wake Forest. Colby Moore is off to Kansas State. Austin Fort is going to Wyoming. Colby Brown will play his college football at Eastern Illinois.
Right behind that impressive group are highly recruited QBs like Tommy Stevens, JaJuan Jennings, Matt Jimison and Mitch Guadagni. And don’t forget about Brandon McIlwain, who very well could be the top senior prep quarterback in the nation before he graduates from Council Rock North (Pa.) High School in 2016.
Looking even a little farther down the road, keep an eye on Jacob Sirmon, who is in the Class of 2018. Actually, he’s kind of hard to miss.
Already standing nearly 6-foot-3 and weighing in at 193 pounds, Sirmon is already attracting big-time attention after back-to-back standout seasons playing QB for the Bothell Junior Football Varsity Cougars. As a seventh grader two years ago, Sirmon played up a level and led the Cougars to a 10-1 record and championship game appearance while passing for 2,135 yards and 35 touchdowns. He also rushed for 64 yards and threw only 4 interceptions.
This past season, the eighth grader guided the Cougars to an 8-2 record and trip to the semifinals while passing for 1,301 yards and 17 touchdowns while running for 518 yards and 7 more scores. Sirmon capped another big season by quarterbacking FBU Team Washington to the eighth grade finals.
The product of an amazing football family – we’ll get to that in a bit – Sirmon has already figured out how to exploit his great size to succeed under center. “I’m usually one of the biggest guys on the field,” said the 4.0 student at Canyon Park Junior High. “It’s a really a big key as far as having pocket presence. It allows me to see the field and makes it harder for the defense to take me down. Usually, I can use my strength to use the pocket better and break a few tackles if I have to.”
As for his bloodlines, Sirmon’s dad, David, played college football at Montana, where he was a linebacker. Both of his grandfathers played college ball, and so did five of Jacob’s uncles. One of them, Peter Sirmon, coaches defense at the University of Southern California. “It’s in the blood,” David Sirmon said.
Jacob Sirmon feels fortunate to come from a family with so many college football players. “I’m constantly around it,” he said. “At family reunions, we talk about football all the time, talk about old memories, things like that. I’m always around it. With so much of my family having played football, I think I’ve had an advantage knowing the game, knowing the strategies, knowing everything behind it. That’s helped move me along and then I work with my dad, he still has a passion for it. He loves it and he gives me a lot of time and investment going over film or working out. It’s great.”
In a word, Sirmon has a great future at quarterback, and he’ll move up to Bothell High School next season. A powerhouse prep program that went 9-3 last year while ranking No. 5 in Washington state, the Cougars return senior quarterback Ross Bowers in the fall.
The next level
“My goal is I really want to work hard and secure a spot as the second varsity quarterback,” Sirmon said. “It would be nice to have that opportunity as well to play freshman ball with my team and play with my core group of guys. And we have some really great coaches at the freshman level so I look forward to it. I’ll play at whatever level they choose.”
At some point down the road, Sirmon is destined to take over the starting QB job at Bothell and continue advancing toward the college level. “I’ve been playing since I started playing football in first grade,” he said. “I always enjoyed playing quarterback and it was my passion. Ever since then, I’ve been training and working towards trying to be a good quarterback.”
While he prefers putting the ball in the air, Sirmon is developing into a dangerous dual threat. “If I had a preference, I would like to stay in the pocket and pass,” he said. “But I’m not afraid to escape use my legs. That’s was kind of a key part for our offense last season, I would roll out a lot. But definitely throwing is a strength of mine. I feel I can throw pretty well. But I’m not afraid to use my legs. I like to run.”
Achieving so much success and attracting so much attention at such a young age would be difficult to handle for most quarterbacks. But Sirmon works hard to keep everything in perspective.
“I have a couple people I talk to about it, I talk to my dad and my uncle at USC,” he said. “They help me out. And (Bothell) Coach (Tom) Bainter, he’s a great guy. He helps me stay humble and don’t take it all to heart and just keep working, stuff like that. I try to enjoy it and I’m happy about it, but I keep that fire to keep working and keep pursuing it.”
Working with NFA and Coaches Will Hewlett and JC Boice has also helped Sirmon elevate his game. “They’ve been great,” Sirmon said. “They’ve given me a base on my throwing mechanics. Will Hewlett really helps me with my mechanical stuff and JC gets me into the mental stage with reading and progressions, stuff like that.”