Name: Jimmy Garoppolo
High School: Rolling Meadows
High School Height: 6-foot-3
High School Weight: 206 pounds
High School Graduation Year: 2010
Rivals.com ranking? Garoppolo was a two-star ranked recruit in the Class of 2010. Garoppolo was also unranked nationally and regionally by Rivals.com and every major recruiting service in the Class of 2010.
Garoppolo was a two-way player who excelled at the high school level, and most importantly, continued to work and develop his game once he hit Eastern Illinois. Garoppolo committed to Eastern Illinois back on Jan. 20th, 2010 after receiving additional scholarship offers from Illinois State and Montana State. Garoppolo was an all-conference and all-state player for the Mustangs in both 2009 and 2010. As a senior, he amassed nearly 2,500 total yards of offense and 23 touchdowns. Once at Eastern Illinois, Garoppolo passed for 13,156 yards with 118 touchdowns with just 51 interceptions in 45 games. Garoppolo was also named as the Walter Payton Award winner in 2013 (given to the top player at the FCS level). Garoppolo credits Throw It Deep founder and Chicagoland area quarterback coach Jeff Christensen in helping him improve his release and overall quarterback fundamentals.
EDGY's early impressions of Jimmy Garoppolo? Garoppolo was a very impressive athlete and two-way player as a projected athlete recruit at Rolling Meadows. Garoppolo had limited time playing quarterback in high school and was also a player that could have played more than one position at the college level. Once at Eastern Illinois, Garoppolo continued to develop both as a passer as well as an overall athlete, adding size and strength.
Did you know that if it wasn't for a injury to a previous starting quarterback during his sophomore year, Garoppolo might not have even played quarterback at Rolling Meadows? This was taken from my story on him back on January 14th, 2009.
"I really never played quarterback until last season (2008)," Garoppolo said. "I played the position once during my freshman year. Our starting quarterback back then got hurt in the middle of a game, and the coach asked if anyone knew how to play quarterback. I told him I did and I finished the game and that was the last time I played the position until last season. It was an interesting transition to say the least, but Coach Millsaps had confidence that I could make the change. Overall it worked out pretty well for both of us and as long as we won games and I contributed than that's all that really mattered to me."