Following a memorable freshman season in which he helped lead Jeannette to a WPIAL championship, quarterback Brad Birch knew he’d be receiving attention but what happened today was beyond his wildest dreams.
It’s rare that a freshman receives a Division-I scholarship offer and even more unusual when that offer comes from a Power Five program but that’s what happened to Birch, as he got word that he’d earned a scholarship to Oregon. Birch received the news during a phone with his 7-on-7 head coach and Oregon offensive coordinator and Western Pennsylvania native Joe Moorhead.
— Brad Birch (@BradBirch12) February 17, 2021
“My 7-on-7 coach told me to expect a call from him today at 3 p.m. and I was at home and my coach was on the phone with Coach Moorhead,” said Birch. “We started talking and Coach Moorhead was telling me about Oregon and also his background in Pittsburgh and how he grew up here. He then told me that I was the second quarterback in my class to receive an offer from him. I definitely didn’t think that he was going to be offering me but he said that he really liked me and that I had all the attributes that he looks for in a quarterback.
“I was amazed when he told me. Really, I thought he was calling just to start to get to know me because I didn’t think he knew a lot about me. I really didn’t see this coming at all but I’m glad it did.”
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115-182 1,676 yards 30 tds
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— Brad Birch (@BradBirch12) December 7, 2020
In his first season as a varsity quarterback, Birch completed 115 of 182 passes for 1,676 yards and 30 touchdowns, while also scrambling for 272 yards and 4 touchdowns. While that’s very impressive for a freshman, Birch didn’t imagine he’d be receiving serious interest from schools yet, let alone an offer from a school like Oregon.
“When I was younger, people would tell me that I’m really going to do something and be a really good player in the future but I didn’t really believe it or know what I could do,” said Birch. “But now that I played my first year, I believe it. Before the season, I just had to tell myself to believe in what I can do and play my game. I was able to get this offer because I played my game on the field and was able to do something special with my brothers on the field. This isn’t just me, it’s my teammates and everyone around me.”
— Brad Birch (@BradBirch12) February 18, 2020
“I feel like I can do anything on the field if I wanted to. If you want someone on the field that wants to win and will lead you to success, I feel that I’m your guy. ”
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