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Two pieces of information continue to drive San Ramon Valley junior quarterback Jack Quigley.
When he arrived at SRV, he didn’t fully grasp what was going to happen with conditioning, weightlifting or everything football entailed. He thought he could go in, start right away and become the guy for the Wolves.
But the upperclassmen taught him values he carries with him a few years later. You need to show who you are, not only on the football field for practices or under those lights on Friday nights, but you also need to prove yourself in the weight room to earn your spot.
And then there’s one saying from one of his coaches at Cal Strength, Eric Swoope, that sticks in his brain.
“He said you’ve got to play like the other guy you’re playing is going to steal your scholarship,” Quigley said. “And that really kind of ingrained in my head because I need to get that scholarship, and I can’t let that guy across the field from me get the same one.”
During those first few months in football, though, Quigley – at 7 years old with the San Ramon Valley Thunderbirds – hated football.
But he decided to come back and started playing quarterback when he was 10 or 11 years old, beginning training with Will Hewlitt of QB Collective, who is now coaching at Saint Augustine in Florida. That’s where his love for the game really started.
Plus, he saw some of the quarterbacks Hewlitt trained – like Ohio State Heisman Trophy finalist Justin Fields, who is projected as one of the top picks in the NFL Draft, former St. John Bosco five-star prospect and current Clemson quarterback D.J. Uiagalelei and numerous others.
“Seeing the guys that he’s trained and where they’re at now – it’s motivation,” Quigley said. “I want to be the same place that they’re at, so that’s when I really fell in love with the game.”
With a work ethic and strong determination, Quigley is on a similar path to play at the next level and maybe beyond.
Quigley took over the reins at San Ramon Valley – a quarterback factory that has produced numerous college quarterbacks in recent years – as a sophomore and shined immediately, tossing for 1,502 pards, 15 touchdowns and just six interceptions while guiding the Wolves to a 7-4 record and a spot in the North Coast Section Division I quarterfinals.
What sets Quigley apart is his adoration for the process.
“I feel like for me personally what sets me apart from other people is I love the work that comes with the game, not just playing the game,” Quigley said. “I like the offseason conditioning, the weightlifting, and I feel like me personally, that’s what’s going to get me to the next level is my work ethic because I feel like I outwork everyone. And if someone is trying to get the same spot as me, I got to outwork them to get there before they do.”
Less than one week following his sophomore campaign, Quigley received a text from one of his coaches, who said William & Mary was going to offer him. In that day, Quigley brought in his first collegiate offer – one from a Division I program.
That same day, Quigley and a pair of his teammates – senior tight end JP Murphy (a San Diego State signee) and athlete Tanner Salisbury also received William & Mary offers.
“It was pretty cool being there with them, getting the same stuff, just seeing our hard work paying off,” Quigley said. “It was cool with my family. They were really happy for me. It was awesome.”
Quigley currently boasts a 3.7 GPA and is hearing from a number of other schools. He’s spoken to Yale’s recruiting analyst, who he talks to once or twice per week. He’s also been in contact with Nevada Reno’s recruiting analyst.
He’s also trying to get in contact with Fresno State and San Diego State – the former’s starting quarterback is a fellow Danville product in Jake Haener, who played at Monte Vista and is now one of the top passers in college football.
Right now, though, Quigley is focused on the offseason at hand. He’s been part of Cal Strength’s travel football team in the Winner Circle Athletics Champions League, and he’s put up some gaudy numbers.
In week 3, Quigley threw for 157 passing yards and three touchdowns while being named the West Coast Preps Athlete of the Week. In week 5, the regular season finale, Quigley completed 9 of 11 passes for 139 yards and a touchdown, helping Cal Strength complete a 4-1 regular season.
“It’s awesome,” Quigley said. “Meeting new people from different schools is also pretty sweet. Made a lot of new friends in the football aspect. We’ve all come together. We all have the one goal is to get out of California. We want to go out of state. We want to play for other schools, so we all have the same goal. We just work hard at practice. We all go to the same weight room and work hard. It’s a grind, and we love it.”
And Quigley’s work with Cal Strength, Victor James from Proving Grounds, along with his work in the weight room, is all getting him on a trajectory to even more success as he takes advantage of the unique opportunity at hand during the pandemic.
“It’s taught me how to be patient,” Quigley said. “Obviously this isn’t what it’s usually like in high school, so just staying patient, staying humble, really taught me how to work hard when no one is really watching.”
If a season with SRV does roll around and games are played, Quigley wants to build on all of the wins he’s accomplished together with his SRV teammates.
“Obviously I want to win state if that opportunity comes, but with all the stuff that’s gone down, I’ve worked hard with all my SRV guys and we’ve put in the work,” Quigley said. “We definitely are going to go out and put on a show. Just win out, show teams from EBAL not to mess with us because we’re coming.”
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