Under the Radar: Midlands QBs

Many times players will hear college coaches tell them that they want to evaluate further and want to see how they have developed. In these cases, the first three to four games of a player's senior season are critical. Every game has the utmost importance. We have listed a few athletes who are in that situation right now. We start today with the Midlands quarterbacks.

Brooks Haack, Katy
Playing at a program as high profile as Katy, exposure is not an issue. But so far, the 6-foot-2, 190-pound Haack has not landed that offer. He has North Texas and Wyoming, knocking on his door, but nothing yet from BCS-level schools. He has heard some from Oklahoma State throughout the process, but nothing solid yet. Though he is high on UL-Lafayette after camping there this summer, look for Haack to let things sort of play out as some of the larger programs start showing some serious interest after a solid three or four games early this season.

Troy Mitchell, Cy Falls
Not surprising that Mitchell has yet to pull in that first offer as several quarterbacks before him at his school faced the same situation. And they all endured and most are playing Division I football as we speak. It will likely happen with the 6-foot-1, 190-pound Mitchell as well. The Cy Falls guys are coming into this season with a point to prove and Mitchell will lead the charge. Recently, he spoke of his relationships with the coaches at Baylor and Pittsburgh (a program that will start loading up with Lone Star talent). Look for Mitchell to quickly make a name for himself and be one of the city's best.

Blake Jackson, Pasadena Dobie
For many years now, Jackson has been a combine warrior. But for the past couple of seasons, the 6-foot, 195-pound Jackson has shown that he can get it done on the field as well. But still now offers, a fact that has coach Jim Phillips scratching his head. Not sure what the concern is, but the kid can ball . During last update, he was confident that Navy would come through with an offer and said that the talks between he and Missouri are still going on. It looks as though Jackson could be one of those athletes who could benefit from the waiting game. Later in the year, some team (or teams) will be looking for a quarterback and Jackson will be available.

Ben Johnson, Austin Westwood
Here is an example of a true dual-threat quarterback. He has plenty of athleticism, so much that he could project to a number of positions at the next level. But he is a Division I football player. The 6-foot-1, 185-pound Johnson has a couple of offers with Texas State and Rice, and though grateful, will see what else is out there. Georgia Tech and Missouri are still keeping up with him. He is all about waiting this thing out. He will keep putting up big numbers and some program will get a talented, versatile athlete.

Jeremiah Briscoe, Stratford
This upcoming year will be a big one for Briscoe. After making the switch the Class 4A school, the 6-foot-4, 190-pound Briscoe is looking to make some things happen. On top of that, he is somewhat starting over on the recruiting front. He has held an offer from Baylor for sometime, but who knows if that is even still in play. During the last update, Alabama, Arkansas, Tennessee, Arizona and Texas A&M were the schools he mentioned. He has made the visits and has the physical tools, now it's time for it to all come together for his senior season. 

Emmanuel Williams, La Marque
Not sure if it is fair to include Williams to the list seeing that he projects to play wide receiver on the next level. But it's all good seeing that for now he is the proven leader of the state finalist Cougar team. So far, he has managed to pull in a number of offers from the Southland Conference, but some of the larger programs have come by and checked in from time to time. Not a lot of consistency, but Williams will be okay. He will once again make big-time plays for his team and they will have success. And soon enough, a BCS-level Division I offer could be in his future.

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