It's got to be hard being a quarterback "on the bubble."
A college prospect who can either:
A) Go to a lower-level NCAA Division I-A college (Sun Belt or MAC come to mind) and labor through the trials and tribulations before possibly, finally becoming the main man.
B) Go to a lower division of the NCAAs like I-AA, Division II or Division III, and likely be a star in the early stages..
Orlando Bishop Moore quarterback Michael Calabro fits that mold. So does Clermont East Ridge's Mike Ferrera-Weed. Neither has received an official scholarship offer.
"Actually, it's really hard. When I think I'm doing everything right but nothing shows me being where I think I should be, I have no idea where I'll end up," said Calabro. "So I start to wonder if I am good enough to play at the Division-I level or here or there ... it's really stressful for me to have no idea where I'll end up. I could end up on the other side of the country."
He's done his part on the field. Nobody in Central Florida is more accurate than Calabro. He's hit on 70 percent of his passes (87-of-124) for 4 touchdowns, four interceptions and 1,205 yards. Bishop Moore's predominant rushing attack is one reason for the low number of TD passes. He also has six rushing touchdowns and just over 200 yards on the ground in leading Bishop Moore to its second straight Class 2A, District 4 title at 6-2.
"I set some goals for what I thought I would have to do to have a good season," Calabro said. "I had 75 percent on passes, which is high but it's not far off, then I figured about 1,500 yards and so the yardage is pretty close, and I wanted 10 touchdown passes, so the passing TDs are a little down. Based on stats, though, I'd think I would have been getting a little bit more attention, but I guess nobody has found me yet."
He still has at least two games left in the season to help his cause as the Hornets clinched the 2A, District 4 title over Jones on Friday. Bishop Moore finishes the regular season at Lake Highland Prep and then hosts a first-round playoff game against Astronaut.
Calabro has had interest from FAU and visited Charleston Southern. He also visited Middle Tennessee, Purdue and Iowa State during a trip over the summer.
Ferrera-Weed finds himself in a similar predicament. He, too, has had the kind of season that should lead to college interest.
Expectations have been lofty. He has quality receivers in West Virginia-bound Dante Campbell and another bubble player himself Tereseo Guevara. Ferrera-Weed has thrown for more than 1,400 yards with 15 touchdown passes and five interceptions. His completion percentage is just shy of 60.
"I've already decided I want to go play quarterback at a Division-I school," Ferrera-Weed said. "I can't say where I stand right now. I don't know. They say when I talk to them that I'm one of their guys but I don't know what that actually means."
The "they" he's speaking of are FAU, Louisiana-Lafayette and Ohio, the first two of which Ferrara-Weed says he's in weekly contact.
East Ridge was rolling along at 7-0 before running into stiff district competition, losing to Apopka and Olympia and the Knights end up the odd men out of the state playoffs.
"Yes I think it would have been better for me to be able to play in the bigger games," Ferrera-Weed said of the playoffs. "We would have played Dr. Phillips."
And with the 10-plus Division I-A prospects at DP, surely more scouts would have been on hand. It has helped Ferrera-Weed, however, that Campbell is on the same team. He committed to West Virginia over the summer, but other scouts have kept track of the 6-foot-4 receiver.
"He's always making a pitch for me, and our other teammates too," Ferrera-Weed said. "It does help having him on the same team. Especially for me and the guys on the team in the same position that I am."
Only time will tell what position these guys will be in come signing day, Feb. 2, 2011. Stay tuned.
Chris Hays is the recruiting coverage coordiator for the Orlando Sentinel. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.