Mizzou Making a Move on Texas Quarterback?

Friendswood (Tex.) quarterback Jacob Karam was working out for coaches from Texas Tech and Arizona earlier this week when he saw teammate Will Ebner walking toward him next to Missouri head coach Gary Pinkel and assistant Craig Kuligowski. It turns out that the coaches, in town for Ebner's in-home visit, had watched some tape of the strong-armed junior and it had caught their eye.


"They really like him," said Friendswood coach Steve Van Meter.

Mizzou, of course, has star quarterbacks coming in each of the next two years in 2008 recruit Blaine Gabbert and '09 standout Blaine Dalton. But that doesn't mean they'll stop looking at quarterbacks, and Karam is one they could very well become involved with shortly.

"We're actually running their offense next year and I'm really excited about it. It's very quarterback-friendly," said Karam, who holds offers from Stanford and Houston and has interest from Oklahoma, Oklahoma State and Texas Tech. "It's tough to say right now, but if they started recruiting me, I would almost definitely take a visit there."

Karam, 6-2 and 202 pounds, passed for 1,900 yards, 25 touchdowns and 12 interceptions this season. As a sophomore he earned honorable mention all-state honors – and the Stanford offer – by passing for 2,030 yards, 20 touchdowns and six interceptions.

"We knew that Jacob was very capable, even as a sophomore, of coming in and making things happen for us," Van Meter told Scout.com's Stanford site, The Bootleg. "This is no joke: the second scrimmage of the season and second time he had stepped onto a football field for us, he was 14-of-17 for 280 yards. The three balls that were incomplete, they hit kids right in the hands. He could have been 17-of-17. I knew right then that I had something pretty special."

"I look for him to have four, five, six offers by this spring," Van Meter said. "He's got good feet. He runs real well, that's one of the things everyone comments on when they see his film – they don't expect him to be that athletic. He's also got a very strong arm and is very accurate."

Karam undoubtedly will be a target for many Big 12 and SEC schools, but his relationship with Ebner could play a role should Mizzou decide to recruit hi all-out. In fact, when we reached him, he and Ebner were hanging out at Karam's house.

"Will's been my leader in high school for the past few years, so with him going there, I think I absolutely would consider it. Especially with them having such an exciting season this year," he said.

InsideMizzou.com will keep you posted…

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