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Katy Tompkins quarterback Jalen Milroe is the top-rated in-state quarterback in the 2021 class. (Mike Craven)

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The Dotted Line: Each of Texas’ five quarterback offers in 2021 class are committed to a school

Posted June 22nd, 2020

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The Longhorns were efficient with quarterback offers in the 2021 class, landing four-star Jalen Milroe of Katy Tompkins back in the summer of 2019. Milroe is the longest standing pledge, and it Texas only took five offers at the position to land its man.

Longhorns head coach Tom Herman wants an offer from Texas to mean more than some other schools, like Alabama, that simply spray un-committable offers out to nearly every teenager with a helmet and a pair of cleats.

Katy Tompkins quarterback Jalen Milroe is a Texas commitment in the 2021 class. (Mike Craven)

Texas doesn’t want its offer numbers to be large, and Milroe was a great land early in the cycle. 

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Not only is Milroe a leader, he’s a talented dual-threat quarterback who has led Tompkins to playoff berths as a sophomore and a junior. Tompkins hadn’t made the playoffs before Milroe. The 6-1, 192-pound prospect is a two-time all-district selection with 4,109 passing yards and 39 touchdowns to just 11 interceptions over the past two years. He’s added 987 yards and 18 touchdowns as a rusher. 

The other four quarterbacks with a UT offer are pledged to other schools. The Longhorns did offer a couple of quarterbacks once the new offensive staff arrived, hinting that Texas wouldn’t mind landing two quarterbacks in 2021, just like the team did in 2020 with Hudson Card and Ja’Quinden Jackson. The Longhorns would need to extend more offers at the position to land more than Milroe. The staff wants a chance to evaluate quarterbacks in person before extending a new offer, which is impossible right now with COVID-19 travel restrictions.  

Here is the status of UT’s other offers at quarterback:

 

Jake Garcia, La Habra (Calif.)

FYI: 6-2, 188; four stars; No. 4-ranked pro-style quarterback

Committed: USC

Garcia is a pocket passer with a big, strong arm but limited mobility. He’s staying out west with an early commitment to the Trojans. 

Garrett Nussmeier, Flower Mound Marcus

FYI: 6-1, 182; four stars; No. 8-ranked pro-style quarterback

Committed: LSU

Nussmeier picked up an offer from the Texas staff when offensive coordinator Mike Yurcich arrived. Nussmeier is a big pocket passer with a strong arm. He ended up choosing LSU over numerous other offers, including Texas.  

Sawyer Robertson, Lubbock Coronado 

FYI: 6-3, 190; four stars; No. 9-ranked pro-style quarterback

Committed: Mississippi State 

Robertson is part of a large group of talented in-state quarterbacks. He’s one of seven Texans heading to the Elite 11 in Nashville at the end of the month. It’s an event that showcases the best 11 high school quarterback prospects in the nation. Robertson is headed to the SEC. 

Preston Stone, Dallas Parish Episcopal 

FYI: 6-2, 205; four stars; No. 4-ranked dual-threat quarterback

Committed: SMU

Stone is a private-school product with 44 offers. He shocked the recruiting world by choosing to stay at home and play at SMU rather than chase the Power Five offers like Texas, Alabama and Auburn. He led Parish Episcopal to a TAPPS state championship in 2019 after accounting for more than 4,000 yards and 48 touchdowns.

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