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Kolby Listenbee

"A lot of schools are recruiting me as an athlete," Kolby Listenbee said. "Most schools are saying I'd get a shot at quarterback and receiver." Scout.com's No. 63 wide receiver now favors TCU and Kansas State solidly. He lives only 30 minutes from TCU and attended the Horned Frogs' Junior Day. "If a school has everything I'm looking for and I'm comfortable living there then I don't care..."

Kolby Listenbee, the 6-foot, 167-pound three-star wide receiver/athlete from Bowie High School in Arlington, Texas, plays quarterback in high school and hopes to continue slinging the rock in college too.

"A lot of schools are recruiting me as an athlete," Listenbee said. "Most schools are saying I'd get a shot at quarterback and receiver."

Listenbee, ranked as the No. 63 wide receiver in the country by Scout.com, now favors TCU and Kansas State solidly over Texas Tech, Texas A&M and Iowa State. All have offered as well as Houston, Tulsa, Kansas, Oklahoma State and Arizona.

He lives only 30 minutes from TCU and attended the Horned Frogs' Junior Day. "If a school has everything I'm looking for and I'm comfortable living there then I don't care if I stay close," he said.

"I really like how TCU is winning now," he said. "They want me for quarterback or wide receiver and they always have good players at both. They said they'd give me a shot at quarterback first.

"The coaches are cool and remind me of my high school coaches," he said about the Horned Frogs' staff.

Listenbee also attended Kansas State's Junior Day. "They said I could be like Ell Roberson was for them," he said. "They'd build the offense around me. They said they'd just let me do my thing."

He plans to head back to Manhattan, Kan., for the Wildcats' spring game on April 30.

"I really like coach Bill Snyder and Joe Gordon (Director of Recruiting Operations)," he said. "Coach Gordon is cool. He's from Arlington like me.

"I like the fans at K-State too," he said. "I went to a basketball game there and it was great."

Another junior day Listenbee has gone to was Texas A&M's. The Aggies were his first offer in February.

"It's a nice place," he said about A&M. "The coaches are very good and have a lot of great experience. I got a warm feeling when I was there."

The Aggies are recruiting him as a cornerback/quarterback. Another school recruiting him as a corner is Arizona.

Growing up he says he followed Texas and Oregon, but neither are recruiting him. "I loved watching Texas play," he said. "And Oregon I liked because of Dennis Dixon (former Ducks quarterback)."

Listenbee says he plans to make a decision in July. "I want to get it out of the way," he said. "I'll go through spring football and see how that goes and commit in the summer."

He says he does not plan on attending any camps. "I don't have anything left to prove," he said. "And I don't want to go to a camp and get injured."

Besides getting a shot to play quarterback, Listenbee says he's looking for a good coaching staff. "I want to play for cool coaches and where the depth chart gives me a shot to play," he said.

"I also want to play for a good fan base," he said. "And where they have tutors and academic support and help you stay on top of your schoolwork."

Listenbee finished his junior season passing for 970 yards and nine touchdowns. He rushed for 1,077 yards and 13 touchdowns.

"I can keep plays alive," he said. "I'm able to get away from pressure and make plays out of nothing. I'm very elusive and my accuracy is improving too."

He says he can bench 235-pounds, squat 345 and has a 37-inch vertical jump.

"I want to improve my footwork and pocket movement," he said. "I also want to get more consistent with my arm velocity."

Listenbee hopes to go pre-med and reports a 3.5 core GPA. He has taken the SAT and will take it again. "It was all right," he said about his score. "But not great."

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