Brighton (Mich.) high school has seen a few top-level quarterbacks over the years. Players like Drew Henson and others came out of the program in the past and now Will Jontz is looking to make his mark as a college signal caller.
A three-sport standout, Jontz took an unorthodox path to the position after being switched from running back as a freshman.
Jontz played the position that first year but was more of a runner. As a sophomore, Jontz moved up to varsity where he shared reps but was still used more as a runner. Following his junior season, Jontz had attempted only 119 passes over the two seasons while rushing 153 times.
While college coaches didn’t know much about the 6-foot-3 signal caller when summer camps opened, he started to receive high interest from Ivy League programs and some Division Two schools.
A breakout performance against talent rich Belleville in Week One saw head coach Jermaine Crowell signing loudly about Jontz’s talent.
Will Jontz vs Belleville 2018
College coaches took notice when they learned Jontz rushed 21 times for 169 yards and four touchdowns while also throwing a 41-yard touchdown with just under four minutes left in the game to give Brighton a one-point lead.
While Belleville fought back for a 40-35 win, Jontz soon saw programs like Michigan State, Eastern Michigan, Central Michigan and Cornell show interest.
However, it was the late interest of Indiana that caught his eye following an on-campus visit.
A Hoosier legacy, Jontz grew up hearing about his father’s days in Bloomington when he was a member of IU track and field teams of the late 80’s and early 90’s. Jontz also has a grandfather who graduated from IU as well.
Jontz wasn’t a one game hit as he rushed for 1,030 yards and 15 touchdowns on 137 carries while passing for 717 yards on 54-of-100 passing with seven touchdowns and only two interceptions.
While still learning to play quarterback, Jontz is such a good athlete the Hoosiers could move him to tight end down the road if he doesn’t progress behind center.
Here is a look at the performance Jontz posted against Belleville this past season.