There is arguably no more important position in all of sports than the quarterback position in modern day football, and Brandon Ziarno seems to be up to the challenge. The Melbourne Central Catholic quarterback drastically improved his numbers during his junior year by throwing over 600 more yards, and improving his QBR from 85.2 to 116.5. Despite personal success, Ziarno insists it’s about the team.
“I think the season was a direct correlation of all the hard work that me and my teammates put in in the offseason,” Ziarno said. “I mean, the success that I had all starts with my teammates and how hard we all worked.”
That kind of “team first” attitude is undoubtedly a big reason why the 6-foot-2-inch signal caller was given an offer from Florida Institute of Technology. While the process doesn’t necessarily leave him at ease, FIT is definitely on his radar.
Between the great, young coaching staff and the players who try to convince him to come to the second year program, FIT made itself the first door to open for Ziarno. However, one door doesn’t mean that the search is over.
“I think it’s a great school, [but] I’m still trying to keep my options open,” Ziarno said. “I’m trying to see what else comes my way, and hopefully with a strong senior season more opportunities will arise for me.”
When asked if he had started ranking schools he wanted to go to, Ziarno admitted that he had no list to make sure he doesn’t overlook any opportunities given to him. However, while football is a huge part of his life, the MCC product knows that education is still number one.
Of course Ziarno wants to go somewhere that he knows he will enjoy. He recognizes that the four years he spends in college are still four years that he is living his life; he is striving to make sure those four years are ones that see plenty of success and fun.
Schools need to know exactly what they are getting when they give offers to students, and they don’t just look at the stats. They could look at his 34-7 touchdown to interception ratio and his almost 60% completion percentage, and they could watch the game film until they go blind; but the one thing that they can never truly grasp, is the heart the player plays with.
Is this a guy who is going to help our team win? Or will he just help us not lose? As evident by his 11-1-0 record in his junior year, this hustler wants to make it known that he comes for nothing less than a W.
“I’m a guy that likes to put it all on the line,” Ziarno said, “I mean, I know some plays I throw the ball out of bounds or I run out of bounds, but a lot of times I’m looking for the touchdown. I’m looking for the 50 yard touchdown pass instead of the five yard out.”
Ziarno’s gunslinger mentality is sure to continue to show in his senior campaign, but it still remains to be seen which doors will open for him by the end of the season.
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