As we have noted over the past couple months at Northwest Elite Index, the state of Washington is loaded with talented signal-callers this year and one that flew under-the-radar until he put up huge numbers as a junior this past fall was Auburn Mountainview’s Domenic Rockey.
At 6’3″, 185 pounds, Rockey has enough height to see his receivers pretty easily and he also possesses enough agility and athleticism to keep plays alive with his legs.
“I’m a drop-back guy for sure. I like to distribute the ball and get it in our playmakers’ hands, but I can run when I need to,” Rockey told Northwest Elite Index recently. “We run out of the spread and it’s mostly a passing attack, but our best play was the option and we made a lot of yards and kept teams honest when we ran it well.”
As a junior this past fall, Rockey completed 56% of his passes by going 187 of 332 and threw for 2,169 yards while throwing for 16 touchdowns and 13 interceptions. This winter, the talented signal-caller has been hard at work on his footwork and making sure he’s ready for a big senior campaign this fall.
“I was probably a little too antsy with my feet last year,” Rockey admitted. “I have worked really hard this offseason on my footwork and just making sure I have that ‘muscle-memory’ so that when things break down, my mechanics and footwork don’t break down too. I also want to get bigger and stronger so I can be ready for what I’ll face at the next level.
“One thing I’ve always thought that set me apart from other guys was that nothing surprises me. I study film a lot and I have pretty good instincts, so nothing really catches me off guard and I think that will help me going forward too.”
So far Rockey has been schooled by one of the top prep coaches the state of Washington has ever produced in Steve Gervais, but he said he’s also interested in hitting the Barton Football Elite Camps as well.
“I’m open to working with anyone that can help me,” Rockey noted. “Coach Gervais is great and I’ll keep going to him, but if I can get up to a Barton camp and work with some of the guys up there, especially if they have the top talent there to work with, that would be fun too.”
On the recruiting front, things have gotten off to a slow start for Rockey, but he has been getting some attention from some Pac 12 and in-state schools.
“Most of the schools have been inviting me to their throwing camps,” Rockey noted. “Utah and Purdue have sent me stuff and Eastern Washington is after me to take a trip out there for their camp. Washington is also looking at me to come throw for them.
“Washington State, before coach (Mike) Leach got there, wanted me to come out and visit too, but since he got there, I haven’t heard much.”
We will continue to keep track of Rockey’s progress over the next few months and will have updates when things happen.
2011 Highlights – http://www.hudl.com/athlete/679880/domenic-rockey