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June 30, 2008The quarterback group in Texas continues to get stronger every year. With 7-on-7 in full speed and 96 teams headed for the state championships at Texas A&M on July 10-12, the talent level continues to soar and college recruiters in increasing numbers are picking off the top signal callers in the Lone Star state.
The Class of 2009 is headlined by Lake Travis' Garrett Gilbert (6-4, 190). Gilbert led the Cavaliers to the 2007 State championship, completing 360 passes in 556 attempts for 4,827 yards, all state records. He tossed 52 touchdowns and was Mack Brown's first commit in the Longhorn recruiting class. Gilbert underwent shoulder surgery after the season, but is expected to open the season as LT's starting QB.
Texas Tech expects to continue their record-setting ways with the addition of Friendswood's Jacob Karam (6-2, 205), but expect the strong-armed Karam to still be a target nationwide, as is Brownwood's Casey Pachall (6-4, 190) who has committed to TCU.
Somewhat of a surprise is the interest from SEC schools in Texas schoolboy quarterbacks. Just a week ago Tennessee secured a commitment from Midlothian's Bryce Petty (6-3, 212), while Arkansas grabbed one of the earliest commitments from Frisco Wakeland's Will Secord (6-2, 205).
The state's top athletic QB, Russell Shepard (6-1, 180) is headed to Baton Rouge to play for defending National Champion LSU.
A whole bunch of players are headed out of state. Wichita Falls Rider's Shavodrick Beaver (6-3, 180) has committed to Michigan. Ft. Bend Hightower's A.J. Highsmith will follow his dad's (Alonzo) footsteps to Miami.
Other early commits are Richard Morrison (6-0, 175) of Royse City to Arizona, Christian Matthews (6-3, 180) of Arlington Bowie to Kansas, and Kolton Browning (6-1, 180) of Mabank to Louisiana-Monroe.
Plenty more top players remain uncommitted as of this writing. The top two appear to be Frisco Centennial's Ryan Mossakowski (6-5, 200) and Alamo Heights' Drew Allen (6-4, 200). Both have numerous offers and will likely commit before the end of the summer.
Sulphur Springs' Tyrik Rollinson (6-2, 175) was named 4A all-state ahead of Gilbert. Four top players remain on the board in the Greater Houston Area: Cody Green (6-4, 200) of Dayton, Kolby Gray (6-2, 185) of Cy Falls, Kenneth Guiton (6-2, 180) of Aldine Eisenhower, and Broderick Thomas (6-2, 180) of Madison, after transferring from Ft. Bend Elkins.
Ft. Worth All Saints' Doak Raulston (6-2, 185) is the top private school signal caller in the state.