Kentucky’s class of 2021 is on the way out the door. This saddens us, we’ve covered them since they were middle schoolers.
However, we’re busy compiling the information for the future stars who will take their place. We have begun stockpiling ’25s information for our data base and we are even looking at ’26s.
We came across the film of Cameron O’Hara. He’s a 7th-grade QB with the game of an 11th-grader. He is among the best QBs at his stage of development we have ever before evaluated.
If you see any part of this article highlighted and underlined in blue, that is called a link. The link will take you to his highlights. We suggest you watch them.
The highlights above linked from his name are set against Kenny Chesney’s song, “The Boys of Fall.” Yeah, we love that song too.
If you would like to see his highlights absent the music, click the word, “highlights.” It is also in blue and underlined.
There is literally a ton about O’Hara’s gameplay about which we can rave. The first thing which jumped out at us at the magazine was his pocket poise and composure. He plays with much bigger energy than 5-7, 130 which is what he is listed.
By much bigger energy, find the highlight where he finishes a run by lowering his shoulder and punishing the “would-be” tackler along the near sideline. That’s called a “big-boy” run.
Evaluators don’t usually see smaller frames finishing runs like that. It tells us he’s mean and aggressive and will be a problem for tacklers as he matures physically.
He has a very quick release and lets it go from a nice high position, making batting down his attempts more difficult than a QB with a lower release point. His delivery is short, compact, and he spins it. His passing is accurate and the ball appears to arrive at the right time. The ball seems to explode out of his hand.
When you watch his completions on his highlight film notice the receivers all seem to get the football when they are expecting it. The ball gets on them, sometimes in pretty tight windows, with time for them to “operate.”
O’Hara moves the pocket well. We saw him deliver footballs rolling either way.
Each time, left or right (he’s a right-handed QB), he squared up his shoulders and attacked the line of scrimmage before letting the ball go downfield. Obviously this limits the ball sailing on him while throwing on the move, which in turn limits his passes getting picked.
There is video of him doing drill work with different outfits. We saw him working with Tony Pike, Chad Lawrence, and many other offseason position particular trainers/coaches.
We applaud all of that. It is why his game is so very polished for his level of development.
O’Hare looks like he gets up a ton of offseason footballs. We can tell this from his arm-strength, which is incredibly impressive, especially for a ’26 prospect.
O’Hara’s also a golfer. We think his golf swing needs work. We’re kidding.
We were able to talk to this prospect’s mother, Suzy O’Hara. She told KPGFootball about her son, “Cameron is a Boone County Rebel and is getting himself prepared for when he gets to High School. He trains a lot over the winter and is getting ready for the KYMSFA’s ‘Battle of the Regions.'”
She went on to tell us, “Tony Pike, out of Cincinnati, and Chad Lawrence, a high school coach out of Kenton County, have worked with Cameron. He’s been invited to several high-level camps this spring, like Quarterback University and the Hot Bed Middle School Showcase. He’s doing everything he knows how to get prepared for his high school career.”
This looks like a prospect who could have success at the reigns of a high school offense right now, entering 8th-grade. The only things lacking at this point are stature and physical maturity which “Father Time” will remedy.
Frankly, like some of the great middle-school QBs we have before covered, this kid, against an 8th-grade secondary, is unfair. He’ll have a big 8th-grade year, #NoDoubt.
This is HB Lyon reporting for Kentucky Prep Gridiron reminding you that WE’RE JUST CALLING IT LIKE WE SEE IT!
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