Not putting former Austin Westlake's Drew Brees on my state Top 100 had to be one of the biggest recruiting blunders of all-time. Of course I had a lot of company in my miscalculation of Brees. Now, especially when it comes to quarterbacks, I simply profess ignorance. Others would do well to take note.
As I've said, this should be the best crop of signal-caller stock in the Lone Star last in many a moon. You notice I emphasized the word "should".
Recruiting experts have been talking about Rhett Bomar, Bobby Reid, Kirby Freeman and Stephen McGee all summer. Let's take a look at some others that deserve a line or two.
The more I think of Ennis' Graham Harrell, the more I think of Brees. The kid's a winner. In 2002, Harrell threw for 3,411 yards in addition to rushing for 1,055 more with 17 touchdowns, being named the state 4-A Offensive Player of the year. Quick, smart and makes the right decisions. And like Bomar and Freeman, the son of a head coach.
Not a lot has been written about South Garland's Jordan Reever, but he has broken Garland ISD's passing records in each of his first two seasons. As a junior, Reever completed 211-of-335 for 2,489 yards with 27 touchdowns and only 11 interceptions. In two seasons, he's 397-of-627 for 4,901 yards. Those numbers can't be scoffed at, especially in state 5-A ball.
Bay City's Scott Elliott has gained the attention of many recruiters this spring and summer. So much so that he's already been offered (and accepted) a scholarship to the Tulane Green Wave. Elliott, six-foot-two and 185-lbs, has thrown for over 4,900 yards in his first two seasons.
Another, big, athlete QB who can makes things happen is Houston Washington's Joseph Fields. In a veer-attack, Fields competed 81-of-192 for 1,322 yards with 12 touchdowns and six interceptions in addition to rushing for 139 yards on 35 carries with five more scores. At six-foot-two and 215-lbs, Fields has the frame, speed and elusiveness that D-I (and pro) recruiters are now recruiting.
Looking for another big signal caller? Dickinson's Mike Funchess could be your answer. At six-foot-two and 224-lbs, Funchess completed only 50-of-113 for 918 yards with eight touchdowns in 2002, but recruiters are impressed with his form and arm strength.
Corpus Christi Calallen's Jordan Chambless is another extremely athletic and intelligent leader who directed the Wildcats to the state 4-A division II regional finals in 2002, accounting for 1,616 yards in total offense for longtime Calallen head coach Phil Danaher. Sometimes kids in this area get overlooked, but that won't happen with Chambless.
As we've said, this is a deep class, so there are many, many more that we'll be profiling in the coming weeks.
There's only one rule concerning the recruitment of high school quarterbacks. Take a bunch and hope.