BEVO BEAT

With no experience, Stidham a hot commodity

Posted July 11th, 2013

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Stephenville quarterback Jarrett Stidham has been offered by every major program in the state of Texas.

He’s ranked No. 37 in the state by Rivals and No. 9 in the state – and the No. 2 dual-threat QB in the country – by 247Sports.

The 6-foot-3, 190-pound junior-to-be has thrown three passes as a varsity quarterback.

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Three.

How is that possible?

This spring and summer the Kentucky native has been very good in camp settings after impressing many during Stephenville’s spring practices. Schools have wasted no time extending offers after getting a close look at him in his first real opportunity to show what he can do with his arm.

He camped at Texas on June 2 and received an offer from the Longhorns a week later.

That’s pretty much how it’s gone for the fast-rising 2015 prospect.

“It’s definitely surreal,” Stidham said during Division II pool play at the state 7-on-7 tournament Thursday in Leander. “I guess they see what they need to see. It’s definitely exciting but kind of weird at the same time that I’ve only thrown three passes.”

Texas is only one of a handful of major schools looking at Stidham. He’s spent a lot of time in College Station recently, and will be visiting Alabama on Sunday before visiting Kentucky while taking a vacation back to his home state.

“I’d love for Alabama to jump in the picture this coming week,” he said,” but who knows?”

As for now, Stidham is using the 7-on-7 tournament to iron out all the wrinkles with his Stephenville wide receivers so there is as little learning curve as possible once the Yellow Jackets start playing under the Friday night lights.

“It helps with our timing for the routes and gets us ready for the fall,” he said. “Offensively, we like to throw it around a lot. In 7-on-7 that’s all you do, so it really does help.”

While this season will be Stidham’s first under center at the varsity level, it won’t be his first year playing on the top Stephenville squad. Last year he caught 50 balls for 819 yards and 11 touchdowns as a wide receiver, along with completing those three pass attempts for 86 yards and a score.

Don’t expect Stidham to close down his recruitment any time soon. Even if the Crimson Tide extend an offer during his visit he has no plans on committing, nor does he list any favorites at this point in the process. After all, there’s an awful long time between now and February 2015 when he’ll put pen to paper on national signing day.

It’s been a whirlwind seven months since he helped Stephenville when its first state title since 1999, and if things continue on this pace for the modest, budding star, the sky could be the limit.

“It’s fun. It’s exciting.” he said “It’s a humbling experience, really.”

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