Focus 2012: Texas QB/ATH Making Mizzou Visit

The Missouri Tigers will be hosting a junior day event this coming Saturday and a highly regarded Texas athlete talks about his plans to attend

Jalen Overstreet is known as the "ManChild" because he's often a man amongst boys on the football field, and the scary thing for opponents is that Overstreet is only a junior.

Last year, the Tatum Eagles cruised to a 12-1 mark behind the running and throwing of three-star junior QB Jalen Overstreet.

"I completed 80-of-120 passes for 1,700 yards and 27 touchdowns with four interceptions," said Overstreet (6-2, 205). "I also ran for 15 touchdowns and 800 yards. I like playing QB the best, but I'm being recruited at three positions: quarterback, wide receiver, and safety.

"My sophomore year, I started at both wide receiver and safety and it went really well until I collided with one of my teammates in the secondary and broke some ribs. That particular play led to me just playing on offense this year, but I'll probably play both offense and defense as a senior."

Overstreet isn't sure which position each college program has in mind for his talents, but he's receiving heavy interest from Texas, Kansas, Ole Miss, SMU, Missouri, and Oklahoma State.

"My dad and I were just talking about this yesterday," Overstreet said. "We were trying to figure out which schools would be a good place for me - where I'd find the right fit. Most schools just want me, regardless of position, but I think Oklahoma State wants me on offense at either wide receiver or quarterback. I think Texas might want me on offense or defense.

"I have three Junior Days coming up at Missouri, Oklahoma State, and Kansas. The one at Missouri is this weekend.

Where were Overstreet's thoughts on his team's 12-1 season?

"It went really well up until the loss (to eventual state runner-up Cameron Yoe)," he said. "It was fun, watching our players grow up and dedicate themselves to one common goal. We wanted to do something big, but we lost our focus in that one game that we lost.

"Next year, we'll have three or three starters back on offense and maybe four on defense. There's some good young players waiting to step in who got valuable playing time last year."

With Overstreet calling the shots on offense, Tatum rang up a flurry of points last year, scoring more than 40 points in 11-of-13 games.

-Greg Powers-

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