I was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, an adopted child of German Americans Rick and Teresa and I am the youngest of their three children. I lived in Wisconsin, until age four, and attended grade school in California.
I began playing youth football at age eight as a defensive end and punter. I then became the youth team's starting quarterback at age nine, and completed my first competitive pass for a long touchdown. I went on to win several punt, pass, and kick competitions mainly on his passing ability.
A three-sport star at John H. Pitman High School in CA, I passed up a promising baseball career as a pitcher in order to play football. I was nominated for all-state in football, basketball, and baseball in my senior year. I was the MVP of the Central California Conference in football leading my school to its first-ever playoff victory.
In basketball I was a first-team all CCC selection at forward and led my 16th-ranked team to a near upset of the Number 1-ranked Oak Ridge Trojans in the opening round of playoffs. In that game I scored 34 points, although that was not enough as Ryan Anderson scored 50 to best the Pride.
I achieved most of my accolades in high school as a baseball pitcher and received several scholarship offers in that sport, yet I desperately wanted to play football in college. I was almost 6' 5" as a senior, but he only weighed 170 pounds and my coaches generally kept me from running the ball to limit my risk of injury. I also had poor throwing mechanics, despite my strong arm.
During my junior year, Pitman's head coach at the time, Larry Nigro, made a highlight tape which my brother, Kyle, copied to DVD and then sent to about one hundred Football Bowl Subdivision programs.
I received some interest but no offers for scholarship.
Even as a senior, I received little attention from FBS schools. Although the Wolf Pack coaching staff frequently watched video of my high school team, no one from Nevada's staff came to CA to see me play during my senior football season. Wolf Pack head coach, Chris Ault, decided to offer me a scholarship after one of his assistants, Barry Sacks, saw me dominate a high school basketball game on an evening I was suffering from a fever of 102 °F.
Nevada was the only school that offered me a football scholarship, but was concerned that I would opt for baseball until I signed in February 2006.
I am now a starting QB in the NFL(U) which goes to show once again that you can't always trust the college recruiting process after all. Now can U?