He’s only 12 years old, but LaShon Bright is already being compared to a talented quarterback – Michael Vick.
Bright, who plays QB for the Outreach Rams in the Fort Wayne (Ind.) Metro Youth Sports League, has already established himself as a running threat.
And, like Vick, who plays for the Philadelphia Eagles, Bright throws the ball left-handed.
“I’ve always liked Michael Vick and I like the way he plays the game,” said Bright, who also answers to the nickname “Baby Vick.”
While helping the Rams get off to a 6-1 start this season, Bright has thrown 2 touchdown passes and run for 7 scores.
In his latest game, Bright threw a TD pass on fourth-and-goal in overtime and the Rams went on to win in the second OT.
Bright is playing at a level where it is easier to score running the football, but his passing skills markedly improved following a visit to his first NFA camp (Indianapolis) over the summer. He also attended the Duel of the Dozens in Canton, Ohio.
“Attending the NFA camp in Indianapolis this summer was one of the best things that could’ve ever happened for him,” said Quincy Bright, LaShon’s father, a former collegiate and semi-pro football player and now a coach in the MYSL. “In that two-day camp in Indianapolis, LaShon’s mechanics were tweaked and it helped him out tremendously on his release, footwork and accuracy.”
LaShon Bright said he’s already implemented what he learned from NFA into his overall game.
“NFA taught me a lot,” LaShon said. “Especially passing the football, my mechanics, elbow to zero. They also taught me a lot about leadership and how important it is to be a good teammate.”
Already blessed with a strong work ethic at practice and during games, Bright took it upon himself to get into better shape this past summer.
While other kids his age were hanging out at the pool or goofing around, Bright got on the treadmill and dropped 25 pounds. He entered the season at 5-foot-3, 125 pounds.
“I worked really hard and I am in much better shape,” Bright said. “Losing the weight made me a lot faster and it helped me gain arm strength.”
As for football smarts, Bright has been playing quarterback since he was 3 years old and he understands how to move the offense.
The Rams are taking advantage of his experience under center and they operate out of a variety of formations – the spread, I, pro and option.
As he continues to play, Bright is looking forward to quarterbacking Bishop Luers High School in Fort Wayne.
After that, let’s just say he has already set some goals.
“I want to get a good education and get a scholarship to a good college where I can play football,” Bright said. “Ohio State is where I’d really like to play. I’ve been down there one time to visit and I got to watch how they worked out.”