Mangino and DeLira: Déjà Vu?

Mark Mangino had great success the first time he mined a quarterback from Lake Travis. Ten years later, Mangino and the Cyclones are locked in on another Cavalier signal-caller, who'll visit this month in hopes of an offer

Todd Reesing, Garrett Gilbert, Michael Brewer, Baker Mayfield.

After a breakout junior campaign, Dominic DeLira could be the next great Lake Travis quarterback down in Austin, Texas.

"At first it was a lot of pressure," DeLira told on Monday. "I didn't really know what I was getting into."

The 6-foot-1, 185-pound DeLira won the starting job in camp over Nic Nezami and never looked back, completing 172 of 292 passes (58.9) for 2,356 yards and 25 touchdowns and six interceptions as the Cavaliers compiled a 12-2 record. DeLira was named the 2013 District 15 5-A Newcomer of the Year.

Might he follow in the footsteps of his predecessors and sign with a Big 12 team?

A mobile and crafty player in the pocket who resembles Brewer, Reesing and Mayfield more than Gilbert, DeLira is being courted by Iowa State, North Texas and New Mexico. The uncanny connection, of course, is that Cyclones offensive coordinator Mark Mangino, then the head coach at Kansas, plucked an overlooked Reesing out of Lake Travis and won the Orange Bowl with him in 2007-08.

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Mangino's son, Tommy, ISU's wide receivers coach and the lead recruiter in the Central Texas area, harps on the Lake Travis history in phone calls with DeLira.

"It's pretty cool," DeLira said. "He shows he cares. I call him all the time and we talk a lot. I'm building a relationship with him."

The younger Mangino saw DeLira practice in mid-May on a swing through Austin. DeLira cites his creativity in the pocket as his best asset — his ability to make plays with his feet and get the ball downfield when things break down — and thinks he showed Mangino that.

Joey Burrow, the only 2015 quarterback Iowa State has offered, committed to Ohio State in the last week in June. Since then, DeLira believes he's jumped near the top of Iowa State's wish list.

"I talked to Coach Mangino over the phone the other night and he told me the coaches are looking at two quarterbacks, me and someone from Florida, I think," DeLira said. "Whenever I got word that Iowa State was really interested in me it was kind of shocking because it's the biggest school compared to everyone else who is."

To capitalize on the opening, DeLira is paying his own way to Ames for a camp on June 14, in hopes of earning a scholarship. He'll also visit North Texas unofficially and go to San Antonio for a few satellite camps.

"I haven't gotten my first offer and I'm working really hard," DeLira said. "I'm really hoping things materialize and I can get an offer, so I'll get out [to Iowa] and let the coaches see me."

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