2014 dual-threat quarterback Morgan Mahalak is out to make the most of every situation this year.
While the Kentfield, Calif., junior-to-be would love to grab the reigns as the starting signal-caller for the Marin High School football program, he will instead split time with senior three-star quarterback and California commit Jared Goff. The co-starter approach should give the Wildcats a balanced offensive attack with Goff, who fits the mold of the prototypical pocket-passer, and Mahalak who brings more speed to the equation than his counterpart.
Rather than sulk about sharing snaps, Mahalak, who is a division I recruit in his own right, sees the good in his predicament.
“A lot of people, including my coaches and friends, have been asking me how all this is working,” Mahalak said. “And to be honest, I think [playing on the same team as Goff has] helped a lot. It’s attracted a lot of schools out here, and they’ve had the chance to see me throw as well. It’s been really good. Also, the chance to play and compete with Jared has definitely made me a better player.
“I’m not too worried that I’m not going to be the permanent starter this year because I’m still going to get my reps in, have film and have plenty of film to show coaches. I’m just taking everything day-by-day, and I think things are looking just fine.”
While Mahalak has yet to throw his first pass on varsity, his participation in camps and combines, such as the Elite 11 showcase in Oakland last week, has put him in good standing with programs across the nation. He is currently hearing from Colorado, Miami, Nevada, Oklahoma, Oregon, Oregon State, UCLA and Utah.
While the Golden State gunslinger is appreciative of the early attention he has received, he is still waiting to hear more from a program that holds a special place in his heart.
Mahalak’s father, grandfather and great uncle all attended Notre Dame, and he would love to have the same opportunity.
“Notre Dame is pretty close to my heart,” Mahalak said. “I’ve had a lot of family to go there and it’s been a part of me ever since I can remember. I’ve been wearing Notre Dame gear ever since I was a little guy, and I haven’t missed a game on TV in over ten years. The program is very special to me and everyone knows that. It would mean a lot to me for me to be able to go there.”
The 6-3, 190-pound prospect would not have to think long about a decision if he received an offer from the Irish.
“I’d commit right away,” he said. “There are some schools that would mean something to me, and there already are, but if Notre Dame were to offer me, my process would end right there.”
Mahalak says he has received a camp invite from the Irish and plans to participate in a three-day event in South Bend this summer.
“I want to show them how good I am and hopefully earn an offer down the road,” he said. “I think they have some interest in a few other 2014 quarterbacks, so I just want to show them who I am and what I can do. I think I’m just as good, if not better, then some of these guys, so I want to show them.”
While the young prospect knows he may have to wait a while for the Irish to come calling, he says two programs are already knocking at the door.
“I spoke with the Nevada offensive coordinator [Nick Rolovich] last night, and he said if it were up to him he would have offered already,” Mahalak said. “He said the head coach [Chris Ault] wants to see me play in person, but then I should expect an offer.
“Colorado [assistant head coach and quarterback] coach [Rip] Scherer, who coached both Brady Quinn and Jimmy Clausen in the NFL, has come out to my school before, we’ve talked and have had a good relationship ever since. My coach told me that he’s talked to them, and it’s not a matter of if they’ll offer, it’s when they’ll offer. I think it should be coming soon.”
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