2011 was Lorenzo Joe 's first year on varsity at Abilene Cooper, and boy did he hit ground running-- literally-- emerging as Clayton Nicholas' top target, averaging 15.7 yards a catch on 48 touches with nine touchdowns.
Joe played a key role in the Cougars' run into the Texas 5A state playoffs that fall, catching a 22-yard pass from Nicholas on a final play to sneak past Arlington Lamar 27-24 in the opening round, only to hit round two throwing a 30-yard touchdown pass and taking a 43-yarder to the 1-yard line to set up the game-winning touchdown in a 21-14 victory over Amarillo High.
The 6-foot-2, 180-pounder made the transition from receiver to quarterback in 2012, and like most things he does, made it look easy.
Joe averaged 79 yards per game passing in Cooper's first three games, bumping that to 192 per game in the final seven games of the regular season, throwing for five yards short of 2,000 on the entire year, with 15 touchdowns and only three interceptions; using the ground 131 times for 782 yards and nine more scores.
It was in early August that he received an offer from Texas, his second with Texas Tech, and committed immediately. Since, he has served as the leader of the class, helping land four-star quarterback Jerrod Heard, [former commit] Demetrius Knox and his fullback Daniel Gresham, Abilene High defensive end Jake McMillon and several others.
"When I first committed, I heard that word 'bell cow' a lot, about being the guy to help build the class," said Joe. "Once guys started committing, we all kind of joined together, getting in people's ears and getting them to Texas. So it wasn't just me, it's been a team effort. We've all been having fun with it."
He noted Jamal Adams and Solomon Thomas are the two largest targets they are working to get aboard.
Until then, though, Joe continues to polish his craft, working daily on "being the best quarterback I can be for Cooper, and becoming the best receiver I can be for the University of Texas."
The four-star is ranked one of the best 25 receivers in the country for the Class of 2014.
Note: this video was taped prior to Knox's recent decommitment.