Adam Friederichsen is living the dream of any high school quarterback this summer.
Friederichsen is getting to work out with NFL players in his quest to win the QB job at La Costa Canyon this fall.
The 5-foot-11 junior-to-be is a client of noted trainer Doug Hix and is getting to join some of Nix's area NFL clients working out in North County.
Among the NFL players Friederichsen is practicing with are Jets QB and LCC alum Kevin O'Connell, receivers Roberto Wallace (Dolphins), Chaz Schillens (Raiders) Brett Swain (Packers) and Matt Slater (Patriots), and defensive backs Jarrett Bush (Packers) and Jose Perez, an undrafted free agent who finished off his San Diego State career in the Poinsettia Bowl last December.
All but Slater (UCLA) and Bush (Utah State) are ex-Aztecs.
"He's so smart and has so many great questions throughout a workout," O'Connell said of Friederichsen. "He's already fundamentally way better than most his age. Whether he grows or not, he's going to be a heckuva high school quarterback. To be doing it this young, to see the way things are run, it's doing nothing but helping him."
Friederichsen does have room to grow. He wears a size 15 shoe, suggesting that he could be 6-4 before he's done growing.
Friederichsen is facing stiff competition from three other Mavericks quarterbacks when practices begin in earnest next month. He split time with fellow juniors-to-be Jake Sesti (the current front-runner) and Chandler Frausto on the JV team last year. Kyle Hogencamp, who sat behind the graduated Garrett Krstich last season, is in competition as a senior.
"That's why I'm out here, trying to get better every single day off what they teach me," said Friederichsen, who completed 28-of-36 passes for 310 yards and three touchdowns with no interceptions as a sophomore, starting three games and playing in seven. "I'm trying to make every repetition count and see where it takes me."
Friederichsen started playing baseball at age 5 and thus came to football late. But he started his first year in Pop Warner as an eighth-grader after attending the Peyton Manning Passing Academy in Louisiana.
He'd been to that camp every summer for three years before going to the University of Oregon camp this summer. He's been a big Oregon fan since he was a sixth-grader.
"I just love the way they run their (fast-paced spread) offense and I wanted to go there and work out at their facility," Friederichsen said.
And he made the best of it at camp, being named the Junior QB MVP, leading his team of juniors and one senior over a team of all seniors in the 7-on-7 championship game.
Not bad for a kid who was told entering high school that he would be an offensive lineman.
Schillens said that this summer has been a unique opportunity for Friederichsen, and added that he felt lucky just to be able to work out with his teammates when he was in high school and college, let alone working with players two large steps ahead.
"He's pretty accurate with pretty good arm strength," said Schillens, who is going into his fourth season with the Raiders. "His technique is pretty good, his (dropback steps). And having Kevin coach him up, that's pretty incredible."
Friederichsen also has worked with ex-Aztecs QBs Cree Morris and Billy Blanton. And, of course, he's there at voluntary workouts with his Mavericks teammates most days this summer, lifting weights and running for 2 1/2 hours each day in addition to his work with the pros later in the day.
"I'm a hardworking kid trying to earn a starting spot," Friederichsen said."