Those who keenly follow recruiting were already aware of Landor before the 2010 playoffs began, but even the most casual recruiting fan should know his name after the dual-threat signal-caller led his team to three straight upset wins in the playoffs.
As the No. 20 seed (out of 32 teams) in the Class 4A bracket, most pundits expected the Rebels to be "one & done" in the playoffs. After all, Teurlings' defense had allowed 143 points over the final five games of the regular season; not terrible numbers (almost 29 ppg), but not what you expect from a team that's going to reach the semifinals.
Nevertheless, the Rebels did just that - reach the semis - knocking off No. 13 Sam Houston, No. 4 Lutcher, and defending state champion No. 21 Neville before finally running into No. 1 Karr.
"When the brackets were released, we saw that we had the draw we wanted," said Landor. "We knew that we would make a run. After beating Sam Houston, we didn't want to stop playing the next week after the Lutcher game."
Landor almost single-handedly lifted his team to victory against the talented Bulldogs, who featured marquee players such as five-star WR Jarvis Landry (LSU commit) and three-star junior running back Daniel Taylor.
"I ran for over 200 yards against Lutcher, although my total slipped to 199 when I kneeled on the ball and took a loss at the end of the game," Landor said. "When we studied their film, we saw that the best part of Lutcher's defense was their secondary. We decided to attack their front seven with the run, and on the first play I gained 12 yards. The coaches called my number a bunch of times after that."
The following week, Teurlings was considered the favorite in terms of seeding - the Rebels were seeded No. 20, while Neville was seeded No. 21 - but almost no one gave the Rebels a chance against the Tigers from Monroe. Neville had played an excruciating schedule littered with 5A juggernauts, resulting in a somewhat-average won/loss mark. Thus, Neville - the defending 4A state champ - was expected to oust Teurlings.
"When Neville came into town, we had the same gameplan," said Landor. "We wanted to run the ball and a couple of times, they stuffed us in the gap. They had some great defensive players (DT DeMarcus Hodge, LB Ricky Wyatt), but we were able to win and it was really something great for the Teurlings Catholic community. The school really participated in things."
Landor threw for 2,073 yards and 16 TDs last year while running for 824 yards and seven more scores. At just over 6-foot-0 and 170-to-175 pounds, he's undersized for a QB, but there's no doubt that he can play.
"Houston's coach invited me to their Junior Day and I'm probably going to that," he said. "Also, Texas A&M's coach has been talking to my coach. I've gotten the most interest from Colorado, and I'm also hearing from Tulsa. I believe their new staff is going to recruit me."
Over the weekend, Landor took part in the 2012 U.S. under-19 National Team trials in Austin, Texas. The players who performed the best at the combine/trials will comprise the roster for the United States in next year's U.S.A. vs. The World game.
"I feel like I did well and caught the attention of some coaches there," said Landor. "We did a lot of one-on-one and 7-on-7 stuff, as well as individual drills. They sent a letter to my coach inviting me to try out. I think we find out via e-mail if we make the team."
While in Austin, Landor encountered a familiar face. It was Wyatt, the hard-hitting inside linebacker from Neville, who was also there to try out for the U.S. team.
"He said, 'You're that quarterback, aren't you?'" Landor recalled.
Yes, he's that quarterback.