Profile: Jacob Conover

Position: Quarterback

Location: Chandler (Ariz.)

Height: 6-0.5

Weight: 195 pounds

Recruiting: Conover narrowed his list BYU and Arizona State before committing to the Cougars on Mothers Day. He told us it was a tough decision but when he took football out of the equation, BYU was where he felt he could grow the most and develop as a man on and off the field. Conover had a strong relationship with the coaching staff, especially head coach Kalani Sitaki and said his family values and how he was embraced as a person made a big impact on him. Conover also mentioned liking the direction of the offense with new coaches Jeff Grimes and Aaron Roderick and feels the new scheme and system being put in place suits him very well.

What to Like: Conover has had a strong off-season and really knows how to play the quarterback position. He’s smart and efficient, knows where to go with the football, is very accurate, makes quick reads and doesn’t force any throws. He has a quick release, an advanced feel for timing and anticipation, can change speeds on his throws, understands when to throw with touch and take a little off and when to put a little more zip on his ball. He throws a great deep ball and is a better athlete then given credit for. He clocked a 4.74-40 and jumped 34” in the vertical at the recent Elite 11 Camp in Las Vegas and shows he can make plays outside the pocket, either buying time to make a throw or running for plus yards. Most importantly for a quarterback, he’s a winner and led Chandler to back to back state titles.

Areas to improve: Conover isn’t going to overwhelm you with his physical tools so it will be good for him to continue to improve and develop as an athlete. We have seen several times in the past quarterbacks are able to improve arm strength at the college when they get in to a top level strength and conditioning program. Although we have always felt arm strength is an over-rated measurement for a quarterback, it also doesn’t hurt to have the ability to improve your overall zip and make throws in to tighter windows you might not otherwise have the ability to make. With Conover’s advanced ability to anticipate his throws, throwing some of the deeper outs and comebacks with more heat could elevate his game to another level.

Overall Analysis: Coug fans will have to wait a bit to see Conover in action as he plans to go on his Mormon Mission right out of high school. The wait should be worth it as Conover is a talented player and very capable of making a quick transition back to football. He had national offers from schools al over the country and gave serious thought to staying home and playing for the Sun Devils but his connection with the Cougar program was too much to pass up. With quarterbacks who are going on a Mission out of high school, you never know how long it will take before they knock off the rust and get back to where they were before leaving. Conover is a player we think will round back in to form quicker then most just because he’s already so solid mechanically, highly intelligent and has a great work ethic off the field. He was a very nice addition to the BYU program and is a high character kid who will represent the program with class on and off the field as well.