Houston First to Offer Two Texans

Houston sent out two offers Tuesday to a pair of under-the-radar, in-state 2015 prospects.

Two players from the Lone Star State got their first offers Tuesday when the Houston Cougars came calling.

The morning started with news of a Houston offer for Southlake Carroll quarterback Ryan Agnew, who has received interest from plenty of FBS programs, but had not landed an offer until the Cougars extended one Tuesday.

The second Houston offer came just after 12:30 p.m. when Cypress Ranch offensive lineman Zachary Kinninger announced the news of his offer via Twitter.

"Officially just got my first offer from the University of Houston," Kinninger said, "beyond blessed and grateful!"

Agnew enjoyed a huge junior season, which saw him lead perennial Texas big-school power Southlake Carroll to an 11-2 record and the third round of the playoffs, where the Dragons fell 42-38 in a shootout against another big-time program, Euless Trinity, which joined back-to-back state champion Allen as the only teams to beat Carroll in 2013.

Agnew threw for 3,148 yards, 31 touchdowns, and only seven interceptions, but was just as dangerous on the ground, where he gained 1,252 yards and scored 20 touchdowns, leading Carroll in yardage and finishing second in rushing scores.

Kinninger was a second-team all-district selection for Cypress Ranch, which finished the 2013 season with a 5-5 record.

Agnew proved dangerous when scrambling, displaying a toughness to bring down typically associated with larger quarterbacks. When he slips tackles, he makes the defense pay, both with his arm and his legs. As his stats suggest, Agnew is also a difference-maker on designed run plays.

Kinninger's frame is his best attribute and allows him to simply overwhelm many opponents while playing right tackle for Cypress Ranch. He also could possibly play guard at the next level.

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