Sachse quarterback Jalen Mayden competes at The Opening in Houston Feb. 4. (Mike Craven)

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Recruiting quarterbacks: Five in-state prospects Texas may offer for 2018

Posted March 14th, 2017

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Story highlights
  • Garland Sachse's Jalen Mayden remains the top uncommitted quarterback prospect within the state of Texas.
  • Waco Midway's Tanner Mordecai was offered by UH while Tom Herman was head coach, but still awaits Texas offer.
  • A trio of talented dual-threat quarterbacks could get an offer if Texas gains a commitment from a top target.

Tom Herman’s Longhorns will be built by players mostly from Texas. But that doesn’t mean coaches practice in-state monogamy while recruiting.

Herman wants to sign at least one quarterback this cycle, maybe even two, and he isn’t shy about extending offers to out-of-state prospects — Texas has offered seven quarterbacks, every one of them outside the state.

It’s a down year for quarterbacks within the state, and it’s a tough year to find in-state prospects who fit Herman’s dual-threat style. But here are five in-state candidates that might receive future UT offers.

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1. Jalen Mayden, Garland Sachse

FYI: 6-2/208; 4-stars

Texas offer: No

Top offers: Houston, Louisville, Mississippi State, Baylor, Georgia

College: Undecided

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Why Mayden: He’s the best or second-best quarterback in the state, depending on which scouting service you trust. If it isn’t Mayden, then it’s Denton Ryan’s Spencer Sanders, another dual-threat prospect. Sanders, however, is already committed to Oklahoma State and hasn’t given any indications that he’d flip. That makes Mayden the likely choice to receive a Texas offer. Mayden wants that offer to come, and if it does, Texas would immediately be in the running to sign him. In his two varsity seasons, Mayden has thrown for 5,336 yards and rushed for 1,145 more, accounting for 74 total touchdowns against only 13 interceptions in 376 total attempts.

2. Tanner Mordecai, Waco Midway

FYI: 6-2/190; 3-stars

Texas offer: No

Top offers: Baylor, Houston, Texas Tech, Ole Miss, Northwestern

College: Undecided

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Why Mordecai: Herman is already familiar with Mordecai; Houston offered him last May when Herman was still coaching the Cougars. The three-star prospect visited Texas on junior day and admitted that his closest contact at UH was Major Applewhite. That means Mordecai must build a new relationship with UT offensive coordinator Tim Beck, and it’s still unknown whether Beck sees the type of upside in Mordecai that Applewhite does. Baylor and Texas Tech are the current leaders for Mordecai, who played only eight games his junior year because of an injury.

3. Chance Amie, Tyler Lee

FYI: 6-3/191; 3-stars

Texas offer: No

Top offers: Virginia, Syracuse, Iowa State

College: Undecided

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Why Amie: Herman’s perceived preference in a quarterback is one who can pass and run. Amie is one of the top dual-threat quarterbacks in the state and has impressed in camp outings this offseason. He looks the part with his 6-3 frame. He has a strong arm even if he isn’t the most accurate or consistent passer, and his long stride turns him into a wide receiver once he breaks containment. He completed better than 50 percent of his passes as a junior, throwing for 1,556 yards and 10 touchdowns while adding 1,256 yards and 17 touchdowns on the ground.

4. Jaelyn Nolan, Brownfield

FYI: 6-2/185; 3-stars

Texas offer: No

Top offers: Oklahoma, Texas Tech

College: Undecided

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Why Nolan: Nolan is a home run threat each time he carries the football from his quarterback position and has three years of starting experience entering his senior season. The combination of playing against small-school competition and having torn his ACL five games into his junior year are keeping him off most recruiting boards. But if he can show full recovery from surgery and return to his sophomore form, expect Nolan to pick up more offers as an athlete or a quarterback. He might end up playing wide receiver in college, but many said the same thing about Greg Ward Jr. when he was coming out of Tyler John Tyler, and Ward became a successful quarterback under Herman’s direction at Houston.

5. John Holcombe, Humble Summer Creek

FYI: 6-4/227; 3-stars

Texas offer: No

Top offers: Illinois, SMU, New Mexico

College: Undecided

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Why Holcombe: He’s a project and raw as a quarterback, but his physical gifts and athleticism can’t be taught. He’s a large, but is more athletic than his frame would suggest. Holcombe looks like a defensive end playing quarterback. He showed a strong, yet inconsistent arm at The Opening regional and might fit best at a different position at the college level. But if Texas can secure one of its top targets, a player like Holcombe, or even Amie and Nolan, could be viewed by the staff as the type of prospect to sign as a second quarterback for 2018.

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