DITR: QB Jerry Bottley IV, Southern Laboratory School (Baton Rouge, Louisiana)

Jerry Bottley is a remarkable individual who stands tall at 6 feet 2 inches and weighs 175 pounds. Coming from the class of 2026, he has already established himself as a standout quarterback with immense potential in the world of football. However, Jerry’s talents extend far beyond just football. He is also a track star who runs the 4×400. He is a State relay champion, showcasing his speed, endurance, and dedication to excellence on the track. One of Jerry’s standout qualities is his ability to adapt and thrive in any situation. When faced with pressure on the football field and finding no open receivers, he confidently relies on his exceptional speed and agility to gain crucial yards with his legs. This versatility not only showcases his athleticism but also his mental toughness and decision-making skills under pressure.

What are some things you have overcome in life?

“Something I overcame in life was finding out what position fits me best.”

What are your highest accomplishments?

“My highest accomplishments, I had the privilege of being part of the winning team for the 4X400 meter relay last year. Additionally, in football, our team achieved the Division IV State Championship last season. Lastly, off the field I mastered the Leap 2025.”

What player do you compare yourself to and why?

“The player I compare myself to is Cam Newton. We both possess elite size, strength, and high football IQ. As dual threat quarterbacks, we showcase a strong arm and talented running abilities. Our poise and ability to make any throw downfield are remarkable. We have similarities in accuracy, mobility, intelligence and work ethic.”

What are your plans once you’re done with football and why?

“After my time as a football player comes to an end, I have a strong desire to pursue a role as a coach and influencer. I am passionate about this game and would love the opportunity to help and mentor the next generation of athletes. With my knowledge and experience, my ultimate goal is to make a positive impact on the lives of young athletes and give back to the sport that I love.”

What are some goals you have for yourself and your team next season?

“Some goals I have set in place is to foster trust and belief in each other, and to approach every game with the same level of intensity and dedication as if it were our last. By doing so, we aim to defend our title as the 2024 Division IV State Champions. Winning this title would be a significant achievement for our team.”

What do you like about the sport of football and how is it significant to you?

“Football has truly shaped me in every way possible. From the age of 7, I have dedicated myself to the game and it has taught me valuable lessons in toughness, determination, and perseverance. It has become a big part of my lifestyle.”

What is an interesting fact about you outside of football?

“A interesting fact about me is that I’m a very good basketball player as well. I consider it one of my hidden talents. Although I have never played for a basketball program and have always focused on football and track, I must say, I can ball.”

What is your dream school?

“Tennessee is my dream school. I am drawn to their culture, the style of play of their quarterbacks, and everything about the organization.”

What position do you enjoy playing the most and why?

“I love playing QB the most because it’s the position I’ve worked the hardest at and have put so much into it- mind, body, and soul. It’s a very dominant position that allows me to remain humble and focused throughout my everyday life. This position keeps me grounded and allows me to continue to develop as a student athlete.”

What are some ways your coaches have helped you?

“My coaches have been instrumental in my development as a student athlete. They have had a significant impact on and off the field, playing a crucial role in my success. Their guidance and support have greatly contributed to my growth as an athlete, teammate, leader, and student.