Sunnyslope (Phoenix) High School senior Michael Humphrey has no problem sticking out on the football field. Most star quarterbacks receive a lot of attention, but when you’re 6-foot-9 the spotlight tends to be a bit brighter.
According to Max Preps, Humphrey just keeps on growing. When he stood at 6-foot-6 last fall, his intention was to draw interest from college football programs and to play quarterback at the next level. Then he hit a growth spurt, and colleges began switching gears. After impressing scouts at the Pangos All-American basketball camp in June, Humphrey began hearing from schools about his basketball ability.
Humphrey also happens to have a 3.9 GPA. At first, he heard from Ivy League schools and programs like Tulsa, Rice and Utah State. As his popularity grew, he began receiving offers from top basketball programs like Louisville, UCLA, Stanford, Texas and Arizona. Humphrey has reportedly narrowed his choice down to Stanford and Arizona.
While Humphrey has decided he will play basketball at the collegiate level, that doesn’t mean he has given up on the gridiron. Sunnyslope is off to a 6-0 start this season with Humphrey under center. He has thrown for more than 1,000 yards and seven touchdowns and is completing over 60% of his passes. He threw for 337 yards and two touchdowns in a win two weeks ago.
Try batting one of those passes down. Can you think of a taller quarterback than 6-foot-9? The closest thing we can think of is Dan McGwire, the brother of legendary slugger Mark McGwire, who spent some time in the NFL with the Miami Dolphins and Seattle Seahawks. I’m happy for Humphrey that he’s receiving such great interest for basketball, but it would have been fun to see a 6-foot-9 quarterback play college ball.