Here's a closer look at several East Texas 2015 quarterbacks who could see increased recruiting attention this spring. They may not be high-major prospects, but I don't doubt that most of them should be mid-FBS-caliber recruits at some point during the process.
Zane Boles, Henderson, 6-5, 200 -- the frame is the first thing you notice about Boles, who threw for almost 2,500 yards and ran for several hundred more in 2013, his first season as a full-time starting signal caller. He's mobile and a smart runner when he tucks the ball. He is a surprisingly dangerous runner for a long-limbed, tall-framed quarterback. Boles is a fairly accurate passer, but needs work on his mechanics as his release is often too much of a three-quarters delivery, which may have something to do with playing baseball as well.
McLane Carter, Gilmer, 6-2, 190 -- more the prototype from a skill set standpoint, Carter arrives for his senior year in Gilmer after throwing for almost 2,500 yards for a smaller Central Texas school (Salado) in 2013. The left-handed Carter has a very smooth delivery with adequate arm strength. What stands out most is his accuracy, especially on throws outside the numbers. He is not a running quarterback, so it will be interesting to see how he translates to Gilmer's offense, which usually hinges on a zone-read-capable signal caller. Carter is the younger brother of former Gilmer star G.J. Kinne.
Dezmond Chumley, Longview, 6-0, 190 -- Chumley has good arm strength, which is probably related to his baseball prowess, which is notable. He set Longview's single-season triples record last spring. But as a quarterback, he fared well for the 11-2 Lobos this past fall, throwing for more than 2,200 yards with 33 touchdowns and only five interceptions. He made big strides as a pocket passer from his sophomore to junior year, though he's capable when needed to be a threat with his legs. Chumley's college destination may hinge on which sport from which he gets better offers.
Trey Cumbie, Lufkin, 6-2, 190 -- speaking of choosing between football and baseball, Cumbie is an even bigger example of that. The left-handed Cumbie is a pitcher who has reached the low 90's on his fastball, but he will be East Texas' leading returning passer this fall after throwing for 2,738 yards as a junior. Cumbie, who also ran for 357 yards and six scores, has a very strong arm and has experience running an uptempo spread offense, something plenty of college programs run nowadays. Cumbie, who has received interest from UTSA, Rice, Princeton, and a few others, will have two FBS-caliber receivers at his disposal this fall in Keke Coutee and Terry Mark. But baseball may take precedence. He already has a Rice offer and has heard from other big programs such as LSU, Texas, and Miami.
Geovari McCollister, Tyler John Tyler, 6-2, 200 -- the thick-bodied McCollister is a bruising runner and capable passer. His three-quarters delivery will need tweaking, but it didn't prevent him from throwing for 2,600-plus yards, 22 touchdowns, and only six interceptions. He ran for 852 yards and 10 touchdowns, getting a lot of yardage after contact. McCollister, whose coach recently told Scout.com that he had gotten inquiries from programs such as Texas, Oklahoma, and Northwestern, may play a bit unconventionally at times, but there's no doubt that he's a bona fide playmaker. He could impress if he gets to some camps and combines this spring.
Carter McCown, Jacksonville, 6-2, 185 -- the latest in McCown family quarterback lineage is Carter, a lanky prospect who had a big year despite his team not having any success. McCown threw for almost 2,300 yards, 17 touchdowns, and 14 picks along with 853 rushing yards and nine scores. McCown is light on his feet in the pocket. He throws a good ball and his touch is solid, especially on throws down the field. His release, which is somewhat low, needs work, but it is quick enough. McCown attended a North Texas junior day Feb. 8 and plans to attend a Rice junior day Saturday.
Jackson Tyner, Edgewood, 6-5, 220 -- one of the most intriguing prospects in the region's 2015 class, Tyner is a huge-framed dual-threat quarterback who throws very well on the run, especially considering his massive size. Tyner comes from a football family; his uncle was an NFL punter and his father and grandfather played college ball. Tyner attended a recent UTSA junior day and is expected to attend this Saturday's Rice junior day. Tyner, who played a hybrid tight end/receiver spot as a sophomore, threw for 1,734 yards, 19 touchdowns, and five interceptions as a junior, while rushing for 705 yards and 12 scores. He's surprisingly mobile for a player of his size, which should help bring him more attention as the spring progresses.