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High not getting low about height

Charlie High is trying to remain patient. It's not easy.

The standout three-star quarterback from Knoxville (Tenn.) Christian Academy continues to play well each Friday night but only has scholarship offers from Tusculum, Tennessee Tech and Liberty. He's also received recent interest from Eastern Kentucky and Murray State. Still, the big time schools haven't come calling.

Why? The 6-foot tall quarterback knows the answer all too well.

“That's the No. 1 question,” High said about recruiters' questions about his height.

High, however, has a plan. After five weeks of his senior season he's planning to send out another round of highlight tape. He's seen it work before. Devrin Young was an undersized prospect from Knoxville (Tenn.) Bearden. After sending out his tape during his senior season, he received a scholarship offer from Tennessee, signed with the Vols in February 2011 and has been an instant contributor at tailback and on special teams.

“I think it's a boost for local guys,” High said of Young.

Tennessee's football program is ever-present in Knoxville. High isn't immune to that. Playing for the Vols is certainly a goal he's thought about.

“That would be huge but if it's not going to be Tennessee, I'll find somewhere to play,” he said.

High looks to the NFL when he gets too frustrated. He sees Drew Brees as one of the league's premier stars and Russell Wilson starting for the Seattle Seahawks. Brees is 6-feet tall and Wilson is 5-feet-11, according to NFL.com

Surely there were times they had to patiently answer questions about their height as well.