A year ago, Jaxson Dart was preparing for his junior season at Roy High School in Roy, Utah.
The Kaysville, Utah native had started for the Royals since his freshman year and was primed for a big performance. Dart threw for nearly 2,500 yards, 22 touchdowns, and only eighth interceptions. He is a standout in every sense of the word and is primed to have an even bigger senior season.
Moving To The Big Stage
After the 2019 football season, Dart announced he would play his final year of high school football at Corner Canyon High School in Draper, Utah. His new coach, Eric Kjar, has led the Chargers to consecutive state championship appearances and won the first state championship in the school’s history in 2019.
Dart had only great things to say about his former coach at Roy, Fred Fernandes:
“The best part about playing for Freddy is that I always knew he believed in me,” Dart said. “From the time I was a 14-year-old freshman through last year, he gave me so much confidence in myself, I knew we could compete with anybody. Even though we didn’t have as much talent or depth as most teams we played, he made sure we were prepared. We always had a game plan put in place to win. He taught me so much about the game of football.
“He gave me the tools and ability to read defenses and attack their weaknesses,” Dart continued. “Most importantly, I knew that he loved me, and I will always reciprocate that back to him. He’s been my mentor for three great years. I owe him so much for making me the player I am today. I’ll fondly remember my playing years at Roy. I feel lucky to have had the experience to play for such a legend.”
A New Start at Corner Canyon
Dart explained his move to Corner Canyon was mostly a football decision, but also made sense in many aspects of his life.
“It was a combination of a few things. I live in Kaysville, so I’ve always gone to school away from my home,” he said. “My aunt lives in Draper and socially, it was a better fit. Academically, Corner Canyon offered a couple opportunities I really felt would help me be better prepared for my college interests. Obviously, the football program is well established so that was a big bonus.”
The way in which the Roy and Corner Canyon programs are run, Dart said, are similar.
“Coach Kjar runs a very disciplined program, similar to Roy. He gets the best out of his talent as well,” he said. “His offense will allow me to showcase my strengths really well, and I needed to be able to progress in a college system. He’s been able to develop a bunch of quarterbacks that have moved on to the next level. Moving to Draper and attending Corner Canyon has been a really good fit.”
Perfecting His Craft
Ever since he was very young, Dart has worked very hard to master his craft and he has seen the fruits of his efforts throughout his football career. While the school year has been out for the COVID-19 outbreak, Dart took the opportunity to work with 3DQB with quarterback guru and former BYU quarterback John Beck in San Diego.
Beck works with quarterbacks ranging from the high school level to the NFL. Beck’s clients include several star NFL quarterbacks as well as current BYU starting quarterback Zach Wilson.
“Those guys know how to train quarterbacks, especially elite quarterbacks,” Dart said. “They start with developing proper bio-mechanics. They also specialize in arm care development and constantly push me mentally. There’s knowledge and personal experience at the professional level and they give as much of that understanding to me as I continue to improve and progress.
“John, Taylor, and Adam train the best quarterbacks in the NFL and it’s been beneficial to personally watch Matt Ryan, Matt Stafford, Jimmy G(aroppolo), Marcus Mariota and Justin Herbert amongst others, train and work just like I do,” he continued. “They have an ability to recognize inefficiencies and teach me how to correct them to be more effective and efficient. They’ve helped me fall in love with the quarterback position. John is a master teacher. My passion is theirs and I look forward to working with them for the rest of my career.”
A Big Offer Comes From BYU
Dart has all the tools to be a great quarterback at the next level. Coach Aaron Roderick, the passing game coordinator and quarterbacks coach at BYU, recognized this early on in Dart’s career and has kept in contact with him ever since. Roderick and the BYU coaching staff decided to pull the trigger and offer Dart last Wednesday.
“I’ve been talking with Coach Roderick and the coaching staff for almost a year,” Dart said. “I’d attended the summer camp last year and learned a lot about BYU and the direction of the program. I knew they were interested, but I wasn’t sure if I would be their first quarterback offer for the 2021 players. I was on a fishing trip when A-Rod texted me to call him. When he made it official, I was obviously jacked. Having a hometown option to play big-time football is huge for me. I know Coach Roderick wants to continue to open the offense up and become more aggressive. That excites me a ton. BYU checks a lot of boxes on my list. I believe they are moving in the right direction and I would love to be a part of helping the program get back to national prominence.”
The Fit for Dart and BYU
BYU is currently set at quarterback for the 2020 season, but as we have seen in years past, you can never have too many quarterbacks. Dart will have plenty of suitors calling in the next few months between now and National Signing Day, should he choose to sign in December or February.
He has already been offered by Fordham, Louisiana-Lafayette, Southern Utah, Pennsylvania, and Yale. He has also heard from other programs in the west such as Colorado, Utah, and Utah State. Dart will be a hot commodity for many teams across the country in the coming months and BYU will have its work cut out to land his services.
Message To The Fans
The Cougars are high on Dart’s list at this point. Dart fits the mold of quarterbacks that offensive coordinator Jeff Grimes and Roderick want to run their offense. BYU fans should be very excited that coaches decided to offer Dart this early on in the process and that Dart shares a similar excitement about BYU and its passionate fan base.
“I’m excited for the opportunity. I love the passion they have for the Cougs,” Dart said. “I respect the tradition of success and developing quarterbacks for the NFL. It’s my hope they will continue to believe BYU can get back to where they belong. If I were to be a part of BYU, I would bring the same passion and desires they have for the program to win. I’d do everything in my power and control to make them proud! Go Cougs!”