Graham Mertz heads to Madison this month as a midyear enrollee, but he left quite the impression inside the Alamodome before his Badgers days begin.
Mertz claimed MVP honors and threw a bowl game record five touchdown passes against some of the best high school seniors in the nation in the 2019 All-American Bowl on Saturday in San Antonio, Texas.
The big day from the Wisconsin Badgers four-star quarterback signee helped the East squad defeat future teammate Logan Brown and the West in a 48-14 win.
As seen during the NBC broadcast, Mertz completed 7-of-14 passes for 188 yards with five touchdowns and no interceptions. He broke the All-American Bowl records for passing yards and touchdown passes, the latter of which he clinched in the first half alone.
Here are all the touchdown highlights from Mertz’s big day:
Future teammate, wide receiver Kendric Pryor, Melvin Gordon, Wisconsin’s official Twitter account and others also chimed in as well.
I see qb signee Graham Mertz is balling, but what I love the most…his swag & moxy! Welcome to Wisconsin! #OnWisconsin
— BCal (@brian_calhoun2) January 5, 2019
Mertz told B5Q in December that he was ready for the All-American Bowl.
“That was a thing since first grade, second grade. I’ve always been watching that game every year,” Mertz said. “It was crazy when I got the call this year, and it was definitely flattering and I can’t wait for it. It’ll be a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity and it’ll be a once-in-a-lifetime experience that I’ll be able to have forever, which I can’t wait for.”