By Brandon Speck
OXFORD – Since Oxford quarterback Jack Abraham paid a spring visit to Alabama’s Junior Day, business has picked up.
Not that it wasn’t busy already. Part of that business was working with QB Country’s David Morris, a former backup to Eli Manning at Ole Miss and now a quarterback coach to the stars.
“I learned a couple things to perfect my craft,” Abraham said at the recent Ole Miss invite camp. “I’m just ready to get going this summer.”
Abraham, a rising junior, was the Journal’s 2013 offensive player of the year.
Ole Miss was the first summer outing for Abraham (6-foot, 187 pounds). He followed to Arkansas the next Thursday and Alabama 7-on-7 with the Chargers on the following Saturday.
He has also gone to Wake Forest and North Carolina camps, and took an unofficial visit to Duke.
He is scheduled to go back to Alabama camp on July 14 and South Carolina on July 26.
“I’ve been talking a lot with Wake Forest, South Carolina, Vanderbilt, Arkansas, Georgia, a bunch of other schools,” he said. “It’s picked up a little bit after that junior day, for sure.”
It was a busy fall as Oxford went on an undefeated run to the MHSAA Class 5A state title game. Abraham threw for 3,572 yards and 38 touchdowns at a more than 60 percent completion rate.
That is top of mind, but the Chargers had a run in 7-on-7 too, after winning the National Select qualifier in Tupelo for a nationals berth in Hoover, Ala. Abraham was named MVP in Tupelo.
The summer passes helped him and the Chargers, who are following a similar 2014 pattern.
“It kind of helped us get better as a team and see how we looked going into the season,” Abraham said. “We got better chemistry-wise with the receivers. It’s a fun process, just to play another team, go places and compete against other great teams. I’m pumped for it. It’s going to be fun.”
Oxford will again participate in Tupelo on July 10-11, but has already received an automatic berth to Hoover.
The Chargers’ 7-on-7 summer started at Ole Miss, where they went 6-0-1 and won the title in a 24-team field.