Silver Creek To WSU
He has spent countless hours in film rooms, and even more time fine tuning his game.
For the last two years of Austin Apadaca’s life this has been his grind. When most kids his age are living up the experiences of high school, Austin can be found in a film room, weight room, or with his head coach, Mike Apadaca, preparing himself for the next level.
The journey to Washington State began two seasons ago as a sophomore at Silver Creek High School in Longmont Colorado. It was Austin’s first opportunity to start, but his Raptors team was short on leadership and talent.
The Raptors finished that season with a 5-5 record, and it was then that Apodaca would make a promise to himself to get better.
Not just as a player, but mostly as a leader.
That ensuing summer, Austin participated in 15 QB camps in and around the Boulder and Denver area. The experience he gained during the summer would carry him to a whole different level of play as a QB. The very next season as a junior Apodaca would guide his Silver Creek Raptors to an 8-4 record, and would secure his school’s first ever playoff victory.
That’s where WSU comes into Austin’s picture.
It was in the summer after his breakout junior season that Austin had garnered a ton of interest from a number of schools. Doing his due diligence as a prospect, Austin submitted his film to Universities that fit his style of play.
Apodaca is 4-tool athletic QB, he has a tall and lanky frame that gives his whip-like release more ability to complete some impressive passes from within the pocket.
He has the uncanny ability not only make plays with his arm, but can be equally as dangerous with his legs. He is the the prototypical athlete to run a spread offense.
Washington State was one of the schools that received his film, and about a week later Austin received a phone call from offensive coordinator Todd Sturdy.
That started the courtship between the two that would culminate in spring practice heading into Apodaca’s senior season when Sturdy and Head Coach Paul Wulff would make the trip out to Longmont to watch Austin throw.
A couple of days later, Washington State would extend an scholarship offer to Austin.
If an athlete and school were ever a match for each other, this would be it. The system, the verbiage, the snap counts, even the little things like the cadences a QB uses at the line of scrimmage to call a play is an exact carbon copy of what he is currently using at Silver Creek.
The transition to the next level will be a relitively smooth one, and the pressures of learning a new system that would normally take up a redshirt season, will not be Apodaca’s main focus.
It will be trying to adjust to the speed of the Pac-12 game that Apadaca will be focusing on during his first season on campus.
After that the sky is the limit for Austin Apodaca.
After his redshirt season there has been no gauntness that Austin will be handed the position. That should not be assumed considering that Conner Halliday will be pushing for the starting spot as well.
There will be a full on competition, and you cannot ask for a better set of circumstances. Whether Apodaca wins the position in year 2 is besides the point.
What does matter is the manner in which Apodaca carries himself. It’s the attitude, the swagger, and the overall desire to have the want to be the next great Cougar QB.
This makes you want to like this guy.
Austin Apodaca is the type of commit that makes you smile. Program guys are so rare in today’s college football. In an age of instant gratification, where athlete are getting paid and programs are in dire straights, here is a kid willing to commit to a coach, but man enough to commit himself to the university.
So when you hear Austin Apodaca say “I’m committed to helping Washington State not only get back what it had before, but help take it to another level where we are competing not just for Pac-12 championships, but also National Championships”, you can be rest assured he means every single word of it.
Again, what’s not to like.