Nick Foles threw for 3,296 yards, 33 touchdowns and just four interceptions as a senior at Westlake High School in Austin, Texas.
EAST LANSING, mich. â€“ Nick Foles, a 6-foot-5, 235-pound quarterback from Westlake High School in Austin, Texas, signed a National Letter of Intent on Sunday, Feb. 18 to attend Michigan State University. Foles became the 21st member of the Spartansâ€™ 2007 football recruiting class.
â€œWeâ€™re extremely excited about adding Nick Foles to our 2007 recruiting class,â€ first-year Michigan State head coach Mark Dantonio said. â€œWe were fortunate to sign two of the nationâ€™s most-talented quarterbacks in this class, with Nick joining Kirk Cousins (Holland, Mich./Holland Christian High School). We anticipate Nick providing immediate competition at the quarterback position.â€
Hereâ€™s a brief bio sketch for Foles along with comments from Coach Dantonio:
QB â€¢ Â 6-5 â€¢ Â 235
Austin, Texas (Westlake High School)
HIGH SCHOOL AND PERSONAL DATA: Named to Tom Lemmingâ€™s Prep Football Report All-America Team . . . rated among the nationâ€™s top 200 prospects by Tom Lemmingâ€™s Prep Football Report (No. 184) . . . ranked among the nationâ€™s top drop-back/pro-style quarterbacks by Max Emfinger (No. 18) and Rivals.com (No. 30) . . . also listed among the countryâ€™s top signal callers by Scouts, Inc. (No. 46) and Scouts.com (No. 52) . . . rated among the Southwestâ€™s top seniors by Tom Lemmingâ€™s Prep Football Report (No. 37) . . . named to SuperPrepâ€™s All-Southwest Team and PrepStarâ€™s All-Midlands Team . . . ranked among the stateâ€™s top 100 seniors by SuperPrep (No. 93), Scout.com (No. 94), Rivals.com (No. 99) and the Houston Chronicle . . . rated among the stateâ€™s top quarterbacks by the Houston Chronicle (No. 8) . . . fourth-team all-state selection by TexasHSFootball.com . . . honorable mention Class 5A all-state pick by the Texas Sports Writers Association (TSWA) . . . selected Central Texas (All-Centex) Player of the Year by the Austin American-Statesman . . . first-team All-Central Texas (Class 5A) choice by TexasPrepXtra.com . . . named Offensive MVP of the All-District (25-5A) Team . . . two-year starter for Coach Derek Long at Westlake High School in Austin, Texas . . . completed 187-of-280 throws (.668) for 3,296 yards, 33 touchdowns and just four interceptions as a senior while leading the Chaparrals to a 12-3 record including a trip to the Class 5A Division I championship game against Southlake Carroll . . . had nine 200-yard passing games in 2006, including a season-high 319 vs. Seguin . . . hit 24-of-43 passes for 299 yards vs. Southlake Carroll . . . completed 17-of-25 throws for 238 yards and four TDs in a 35-32 victory over Pearland in the state semifinals . . . connected on 17-of-20 passes for 285 yards and five scores vs. Los Fresnos in the regional . . . played the last 12 games of the 2006 season with a torn labrum in his throwing shoulder . . . named to the All-Texas 5A All-Junior Team by 5ATexasFootball.com . . . threw for 2,353 yards and 23 TDs as a junior . . . passed for a school-record 383 yards vs. Hays Consolidated in 2005 . . . set school career records for passing yards (5,658) and passing TDs (56), breaking marks previously held by Drew Brees (New Orleans Saints) . . . three-year starter and two-time team MVP for Coach Ben Faulknerâ€™s Westlake basketball team . . . averaged 15 points and 11 rebounds in 2005-06 while earning all-district honors . . . led the district in rebounding as a sophomore . . . earned Academic All-District honors in football and basketball . . . son of Larry and Melissa Foles . . . born Jan. 20, 1989 . . . plans to pursue a degree in either business or education.
Mark Dantonio on Nick Foles:
â€œNick Foles has all the physical attributes that youâ€™re looking for in a quarterback. He has the physical stature to go along with the arm strength to throw the ball down field effectively. Nick posted some incredible passing numbers as a senior, especially when you consider that he played in a pro-style attack. The number that really jumps out at me is the four interceptions in 280 passing attempts â€“ thatâ€™s making good decisions and taking care of the football. He accomplished great things in a very competitive high school league and environment, leading his team to the Texas big-school championship game. Nick is an intelligent football player, who also possesses great leadership skills. In addition, heâ€™s a great competitor, who showed his toughness by playing the last 12 games of his senior year with a significant shoulder injury. Honestly, his intangibles impress me as much as his physical tools do.â€
Props to MSU SID John Lewandowski for this info.