"Really from Chase I have learned a lot," McElroy says. "He's obviously a great one to learn from as far as understanding an offense goes and as far as just seeing how someone wins. I think he's a great example for me. I think I have picked up a lot of his game. It has really transferred into my game. He's helped me a lot. The biggest thing I learned from Chase is how to win and how it's done right."
At 6-2, 212 with solid speed and a good arm, McElroy only got in a few games last season in a mop-up role for the Dragons, but that was enough to put together a film for college coaches. Despite having just 30 pass attempts last season, teams are already lining up to watch more from McElroy this summer as they look for their quarterback of the future. He says he's already received two offers and has dozens of other schools taking a hard look in his direction.
"I have offers from Kansas and UTEP," McElroy says. "I get letters from a lot of people. A lot of the Big 12 has sent letters, Ole Miss, Tennessee, Alabama and a lot of people from the SEC and Big 10. I have also received some letters from the Pac 10 also."
One of the schools showing some interest is Auburn. After last season's 13-0 season the Tigers lost quarterback Jason Campbell, who became one of four first-rounders taken in last month's NFL Draft. McElroy says that several factors make Auburn an exciting team for him and for any prospect to look at, even one from as far away as Texas.
"My grandfather got his Master's Degree there," McElroy says. "Auburn is a great place to play. Obviously you not only had a great team, but it's a great atmosphere especially playing in the SEC. Playing college football in Alabama, it doesn't get a whole lot bigger than college football in Alabama.
"I don't know if it necessarily makes you want to go someplace more," McElroy says of Auburn in the draft. "It catches your eye though because you say ‘wow, this school had this many people drafted'. Obviously every high school player's dream is to play in the NFL. When you have schools like Auburn putting four guys in the first round that obviously excites a high school player. They'll think about that when making a decision on college."
Several schools such as Stanford and Texas Tech are places that McElroy has already visited or plans to visit in the coming months before next season begins. He also plans to camp at Alabama as well this summer, but says that he doesn't really have a favorite team as he begins to learn more about several schools on his list.
"Right now I'm real open-minded since I don't have a lot of playing time I don't have the opportunity to be real picky as far as recruiting goes," McElroy says. "I would have to say that Auburn is right up there with everyone. I don't really have a favorite, but there are a lot of schools that I have followed for a long time and that I'm interested in."
McElroy is now busy preparing himself for the pressures of high school football at a Texas powerhouse. Last season the smallest crowd Southlake played in front of was 10,000 and for one game a crowd of 36,000 was in attendance. He says that those things should prepare him well for playing on the collegiate level in the years to come.
"Being on one of the more noticeable teams in high school football it definitely gives you a little more pressure," McElroy says. "I think a lot of us don't even really think about it though. I think it will definitely prepare me for college football though because every game is a big game for us. A lot is on the line every week. We go out every week with a bullseye on our chest. We get everyone's best game and I think that prepares us for college football. It's a good thing."
He won't go it alone next season for the Dragons though as several starters return on both sides of the ball, including what may be the best pair of wide receivers on any team in the country. Standouts McKay Jacobsen and Clint Renfro are already accomplished players and are receiving attention from schools all across the country. McElroy says that having those two should make his transition to starter easier than it might have been.
"I just think it's awesome that we have guys coming back that have that experience and have already been playmakers on the field," McElroy says. "They're obviously not only good college prospects, but they're a couple of the best high school players I've ever seen and I've been watching high school football my whole life. McKay and Clint already have scholarship offers. McKay has 13 I think and Clint has four. Both of them with their sure-hands and breakaway speed, it's a delight for a quarterback to have."
Next season the Dragons will be out to defend the 5A state title won last season. In the last three seasons since moving up to 5A Carroll is 47-1 overall with the only loss coming by one point in the state title game in 2003. Those are tough numbers to live up to, but McElroy says he's ready because it's something he's been preparing for his whole life.