St. John Paul the Great QB Will Landis (Video Still: Andy Hilton/recruitNoVA)
Will Landis is logging his first season at St. John Paul the Great
by Jim McGrath, recruitNoVA
One of the new faces at the second Clash of the Titans was St. John Paul the Great’s Will Landis (c/o 2022, 6-1 183). Landis, a transfer from Kettle Run, is in training as he looks to cement the Wolves’ quarterback position next spring, and coming to the Clash was one step of the process.
Last year, Landis watched as Peyton Mehaffey and Elijah Chumley collected all of the Cougars snaps. Although Kettle Run stumbled to a 1-9 record, the offense had inspiring moments, averaging over 16 points per game, and Mehaffey was slated to return as a sophomore. Yet Landis had another reason to transfer to the Dumfries school.
“I was looking for a better learning experience overall, and also thought the private school leagues might be playing,” said Landis, who did show his chops as the Kettle Run kicker last season, a position he hopes to continue at JPG. The Wolves are a member of the Washington Catholic Athletic Conference, which eventually decided to put football on hold for this fall.
John Paul the Great also struggled last year, finishing 1-8 under coach Donald Turner, and Landis hopes to be the spark behind a turnaround in 2020, (actually spring 2021).
“I know all of my teammates,” said Landis. “We have had a couple of training sessions, and had a chance to get together. They are all great.”
Landis, who also plays baseball, knows what areas of his game need immediate improvement. “As a freshman, I was about 5-9 and overweight, so I have been working on speed training before thinking about quarterback school.”
The rising junior will need to work on mechanics. His current throwing motion is not textbook, with Landis’ right arm throwing at a three-quarter angle. Even with a 6-2 wingspan, some of the larger defenders in the WCAC will be able to knock down passes. But for now, “the only time it’s a problem is on the deep ball.”
At the Clash, Landis displayed a high level of accuracy throwing to receivers on the one-on-one drills against defensive backs. With a few extra months to train, Will Landis could be a quarterback to watch, a formidable X factor making noise from Dumfries.
– Jim McGrath