Trace McSorley isn’t normally one to get nervous on the football field. The Briar Woods quarterback has started at quarterback in three state championship games in each of his first three seasons on the Falcons’ varsity roster.
But as the rising senior fired passes on Sunday at a Vanderbilt prospect camp, he admitted to feeling some pressure. For McSorley, this wasn’t just one in a string of sessions where he would throw in the presence of college coaches. Instead, the camp marked the first of many times that McSorley would line up under center on the Nashville campus; just a day earlier, he had committed to be a Commodore.
Entering the weekend, McSorley had narrowed his list of schools to Boston College, Vanderbilt and Wake Forest. But after hanging out with several players on the first day of his unofficial visit, McSorley felt compelled to make his college choice.
“I always really liked the school and when I hung out with some of the guys on the team on Friday, I felt like these are the type of players I want to be around and that this was the right place,” McSorley said. “I love the coaches and the way they are pushing the program to win SEC and national championships. Plus, it’s a top-20 school with great academics, so you get the best of both worlds.”
McSorley, who also held offers from Connecticut, North Carolina, N.C. State, Old Dominion, Purdue and Virginia Tech among others, possesses dual-threat ability at the quarterback position, leading some schools, including Vanderbilt, to initially recruit him as an athlete instead of a quarterback. But after seeing McSorley throw this spring, Vanderbilt’s coaches were sold on the 6-foot-1, 180-pounder’s potential under center.
Last season, McSorley threw for 2,548 yards and 33 touchdowns and rushed for 709 yards and nine more scores in leading Briar Woods to its third straight Virginia AA Division 4 title. McSorley was handed the starting job for Week 1 of his freshman year and has started every game since, posted a sterling 42-3 record.
“They see me as being able to make a lot of throws in their offense and lead the team because I’ve been a winner in high school and they like that,” McSorley said. “They also like that I can create positive plays out of negative plays and that I’m athletic enough to keep the defenses honest.”
McSorley stands to polish his leadership skills this fall. With the Falcons graduating their two top offensive weapons in running back Cory Colder and tight end Cam Serigne and the reclassification of the Virginia High School League bringing new competition, McSorley will be the main target of defenses.
“When I was throwing Sunday, there was a little pressure as the new, committed quarterback, but I felt comfortable and was happy to be part of the family,” McSorley said. “I’m excited to keep working hard next year to have a good senior season and prepare for the next level.”