Goliad graduate stands out at showcase

Mike Forman By Mike Forman

Jan. 13, 2018 at 9:12 p.m.

UTSA quarterback Dalton Sturm runs the ball against Charlotte in a game at the Alamadome.

UTSA quarterback Dalton Sturm runs the ball against Charlotte in a game at the Alamadome.    AP for The Victoria Advocate

The odds of a high school football player walking on a college team, becoming a starter, earning a scholarship, and being drafted are astronomical.

But Dalton Sturm has made a habit of defying the odds.

Sturm had very few offers as a senior at Goliad and decided to walk on at UTSA where he became the starting quarterback as a sophomore and was placed on scholarship before his junior year.

He took another step toward being selected in the NFL Draft at the College Gridiron Showcase & Symposium, which wrapped up Wednesday in Addison.

Sturm was named the showcase's offensive MVP after completing 3 of 5 passes for two touchdowns in a scrimmage on the final day of the showcase.

"I got a lot of good feedback from the scouts," Sturm said. "I may be looking at the third day of the draft from the fifth to seventh round. Hopefully, I can do well on (UTSA's) pro day and move up on people's draft boards and we'll just go from there."

Sturm signed with an agent during the showcase, but most of his time was spent meeting with scouts and representatives from 28 of the 32 NFL teams.

"It's basically an interview," he said. "A job interview basically. They're asking you about your background, about how much control you had over the offense, what would you bring to their football team.

"I would have to draw out different defenses and tell them what plays would be good against what and stuff like that. They want to know everything about your past and things like that."

The 6-foot-2, 205-pound Sturm started 35 games for the Roadrunners and completed 482 of 811 passes for 5,768 yards and a school-record 49 touchdowns. He also ran for 1,227 yards and seven touchdowns.

Sturm finished his career as UTSA's all-time leader in passing efficiency (134.7), broke the single-season record for passing touchdowns (20 in 2016) and set single-game records for passing yards (367), passing touchdowns (4), passing efficiency (257.9) and total offense (395).

"I don't think I was even close to the quarterback I am now in high school," Sturm said. "Just being able to develop, and I think (former UTSA quarterbacks) coach (Frank) Scelfo had a lot to do with that.

"He taught me the pro-style version of the offense and being able to learn terminology and the overview of defenses and fronts and coverages and everything like that. I think I have the opportunity to be a mature NFL quarterback now. I'll be able to lead an offense and be able to do things that the pro scouts like."

Sturm will train with Scelfo in San Antonio as he prepares for UTSA's pro day, which is likely to be sometime in March.

He hopes his efforts will lead to his name being called in the NFL Draft, which is scheduled for April 26-28 at AT&T Stadium in Arlington.

"That would be a dream come true," Sturm said. "Kind of the way I look at it is if a team wants to draft you, they obviously have a plan for you. They took you above a lot of other players, so they have a plan for you. They have a plan, and they think you're going to be able to make the team.

"Sometimes that does mean more than free agency. But there are circumstances where going undrafted is just as good. I'm going to do my best and continue to work and see where the chips fall."


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