And he now has an added chip on his shoulder after being spurned by Division I teams.
“I've always tried to play with a chip on my shoulder because it kind of always happens that way,” he said. “I feel like I'm as good as anybody out there and if people don't believe, that pushes me harder to go out there and prove them wrong.”
Blumenthal threw for 2,456 yards with 32 touchdowns and just three interceptions last season for the Antlers, who won their first district title since 2001.
But that wasn't enough to earn a Division I scholarship offer.
“He is, in my opinion, the new breed of quarterbacks out there,” Deer Creek coach Grant Gower said. “You see it in the NFL. That was one of the reasons the 49ers were there with (Colin) Kaepernick, that was why RGIII; that's kind of who Joel patterns his game after.”
JOHNSON AIMS TO TAKE CARE OF BUSINESS AT NEO
Midwest City running back Qualan Johnson only wants to spend one year at Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College, where he signed his letter of intent Wednesday.
“In the season I was projected to go small Division I, and then my season didn't go the way I wanted it to,” he said. “I know I have the capability to play at the Division I level, so this is a stepping stool to get ready and go prepare for where I want to go.”
Johnson said the coaching staff has told him they want him to handle the bulk of the carries next season, though the Golden Norsemen have a plethora of talented running backs.
Johnson rushed for 870 yards and 12 touchdowns on 149 carries.
“Like I said, I'm just looking for a stepping stool, be there one year and go somewhere else,” he said.