Back home, where wearing lederhosen is a matter of national pride and antique castles dot every horizon, he might have been considered something of a curiosity. Most kids in Roth—a small town of about 25,000 in Bavaria, Germany—dream of playing a different kind of football.
But here, Alexander Honig's dream of playing quarterback at the highest level, and the decade he's spent pursuing it, isn't a curiosity. Here, on a tour of football camps on college campuses up and down the East Coast in mid-June, the curiosity is the unique gifts that make him one of the most intriguing quarterback prospects in recent memory.
At nearly 6'6" and 235 pounds, Honig possesses NFL size as a 17-year-old. And the part that has coaches and scouts really interested in the 2021 prospect is what he can do with it.
Honig's 38-inch vertical is better than any quarterback has posted at the NFL combine since Robert Griffin III in 2012, per Pro Football Reference. His 123-inch broad jump would tie for fifth among QBs at the combine in that same time frame. And he complements his hops with a 40-yard dash in the 4.7s and has hands that have been measured at 11 inches—a measurement B/R draft expert Matt Miller says is the largest he's ever heard of.
"He's enormous, strong and athletic," says Barton Simmons, director of scouting for 247Sports. "He has very unique physical traits and a cannon for an arm."
Simmons scouted Honig on a trip to Europe this year. He won't be the last to be blown away, as Honig has now made his way to the States for multiple trips, including this one in June that includes stops at, among other schools, Penn State, West Virginia and Massachusetts—the last being a program that offered him his first scholarship earlier this year.