Matawan Freshman QB George Pearson Gets First FBS Offer from Temple
By Patrick Hennessy - Shore Sports Network contributor
When Matawan freshman quarterback George "L.C." Pearson stepped on to the field at Raritan High School for his first varsity start this past September, he helped spark a run that eventually ended in a Central Jersey Group III championship for the Huskies.
After starting out the season 0-2, Matawan head coach John Kaye decided to give Pearson the nod in their Week Three divisional battle against the Rockets, and Pearson never looked back. He threw four touchdowns in the win and made throws that made him look as if he were a seasoned senior even though he was only a 14-year-old freshman.
He helped the Huskies win eight of their last 10 games by putting together what is believed to be the best statistical season of any freshman quarterback in Shore Conference history. Pearson earned Shore Sports Network third-team All-Shore honors after going 119-for-223 and throwing for 1,956 yards and 16 touchdowns. That immediately put him on the college radar, resulting in his first scholarship offer on Thursday.
Eight months ago, he was a little-known freshman. Five months ago, he was the Freshman quarterback from Matawan who helped lead his team to its third state title in the last six years. Now he is known as one of the top quarterback prospects in the country in the Class of 2018. After receiving his first scholarship offer from Temple University, the sky is seemingly the limit for Pearson.
"Going into this upcoming season with a QB like Pearson is a very promising thought for our team,'' said junior wide receiver/defensive back Shawn Ramcheran, who has received interest of his own from Bucknell, Southern Illinois and Towson. "He had an outstanding freshman year, and I can't wait to see what this season brings."
"I'm really excited about the offer," said Pearson. "Just to know that all that hard work is starting to pay off is really a great feeling."
The ceiling is high for Pearson, and the next three years will be something to watch.