2014 QB Kizer has unlikely role models 

August, 23, 2012
One might expect high school quarterbacks to emulate such NFL stars as Tom Brady, Aaron Rodgers or Drew Brees.

But the quarterbacks who influenced 2014 prospect Deshone Kizer (Toledo, Ohio/Central Catholic) the most are names no one outside of Toledo has ever heard. Quarterbacks Nate Hobbs and Eric Bates played at Central Catholic High School when Kizer was in middle school. Neither was profoundly talented at the position. Neither was highly recruited. In fact, neither became a college signal-caller. But they presented the game to Kizer in a way he'd never seen.

"Growing up, the only type of quarterback I had seen was a pro-style quarterback, under center," Kizer said. "When I saw those two making plays at the high school level I knew that was the kind of quarterback I wanted to be."
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