The Next Big Thing

In his weekly recruiting column for Hawgs Illustrated, Dudley E. Dawson chats with Charleston sophomore Ty Storey (6-3, 210), expected to become a national recruit in the next few years and a likely Razorback target. This story is free and sponsored by the Arkansas Toyota Dealers.

One of the state's best quarterbacks has yet to even take a regular season snap as a starter in high school.

But those who have seen Charleston's Ty Storey (6-3, 210) in camps and 7-on-7 competitions this summer know he is "Next" in the line of outstanding signal callers in the state.

The 2015 prospect was on hand for both Arkansas' June Camp and the Razorbacks' Elite Camp held last Saturday.

"Both of my parents went to college in Fayetteville so I have grown up loving the Razorbacks," Storey said. "It would be a dream come true to get an offer from Arkansas."

The Razorbacks will likely have to fend off plenty of other foes as Storey has impressed this summer while attending camps at LSU, Oklahoma and Arkansas State – which gave him his first offer on Sunday.

"It's been an exciting summer and I feel like I have had a great chance to work with some great coaches and have gotten better," Storey said. "I feel like I am a much better quarterback than I was before the summer started."

Storey got a chance to work with Arkansas offensive coordinator Paul Petrino and All-SEC Razorback quarterback Tyler Wilson.

"It was great to get to meet Tyler and work with him and Coach Petrino," Storey said. "He really helped me on my drops and it was great to get to work with him."

Storey got his first offer from Arkansas State on Sunday after camping there.

"That was great to get that first offer, but I am hoping that I play well enough to have a lot of options," Storey said. "My top goal is to help my team win and I am sure the rest of that stuff will take care of itself."

Storey also enjoyed working with Oklahoma quarterbacks coach and co-offensive coordinator Josh Heupel and LSU quarterbacks coach Steve Kragthorpe.

"Coach Heupel was great to deal with and I learned a lot from him," Storey said. "It was fun getting chance to work at OU's camp."

Storey also enjoyed his time with Kragthorpe, the former Tulsa and Louisville coach, who has been battling Parkinson's disease.

He stepped down as offensive coordinator after being diagnosed last August, but continued as quarterbacks coach for the Tigers.

"He seemed great and was joking around and coaching hard," Storey said. "He was a lot of fun to be around and you couldn't tell he was going through things."

Storey led his junior high team to two straight undefeated seasons and will take over for graduated senior Dustin Shelby, who passed for over 2,200 yards last season.

Shelby led the Tigers' tradition-rich program to a 13-1 mark and Class 3A state title last season.

"We have high expectations at Charleston and feel like we have a shot to have another great season," Storey said. "I am just looking forward to being a part of that and doing what I can to help us win."

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