Recruiting: The QB Who Has OSU's Attention

Taylor McHargue is spending this summer earning a college scholarship. McHargue is a talented quarterback from Cedar Park (Vista Ridge), Texas that knows he has what it takes to play quarterback, and he'd like to do it in the Big 12. That is why he has been showcasing his skills.

"I was at Missouri's camp in Kansas City last Tuesday," said the 6-2, 190-pound McHargue. "It went really well and the quarterback coach, Coach Yost, told me that they were going to offer three or four quarterbacks and they were going back to decide. They ended up offering a quarterback in Missouri but they told me if he didn't accept or if he took his time that I was still in the running."

McHargue was in Houston last Sunday and he impressed new head coach Kevin Sumlin and is anticipating an offer from Houston this coming Monday.

"They told me they were going to make all their offers at once, and they kind of implied to me that I would hear from them," said McHargue.

On Monday he was at a camp at Mary Hardin-Baylor in Belton, Texas that had some of the OSU staff there as guest coaches.

"In Belton it was tough with the wind gusting at 35 miles an hour. It was tough throwing but I had a real positive camp," said the very talkative and enthusiastic quarterback. "I got an email from Coach (Doug) Meacham and it said that I was the surprise of the camp.

"I know I was under the radar with Oklahoma State, but today I sent them a tape of last year's games, this spring game, and my transcript."

All three of those items have positive attributes. McHargue is a good student with excellent grades and an 1100 on the SAT. Last year's games will show off his running ability as Vista Ridge ran the veer and this spring will show off his throwing.

"We did run the veer last season and I ran a lot," said McHargue. "I ran for almost 1,000 yards. Last year in the spring I was a pitcher on the baseball team and I had bad mechanics throwing the football. I struggled throwing the ball so we ran the veer and while I ran for almost 1,000 yards. I didn't even throw for 800 yards.

"This spring I didn't play baseball, so I could work on my throwing and it is really improved. This spring we changed to an offense very similar to Oklahoma State and we throw the ball 75 percent of the time. In the spring game I never got under center. Everything was out of the gun, and like I said it is an offense very close to Oklahoma State."

McHargue said both of his parents attended Texas Tech. He roots for Texas Tech first, and Texas second since he lives close to Austin, but for the Big 12 in general.

"In bowl games or non-conference games I root for the Big 12," he said. "The Big 12 South is big time. That is the best you can get. I kind of root for Oklahoma State because I know Al Pena. I was the ball boy for Leander when Paul Thompson was the quarterback and then Al Pena. I followed him at Oklahoma State and wanted to see him have success."

McHargue continues his showcase tour this weekend with a trip Saturday to Kansas, and then a stop at SMU and new coach June Jones on Sunday. The next weekend is a trip to Kansas State.

"I want to earn a scholarship and play college football," said McHargue with determination.

If he keeps throwing like he did at the camp in Belton and runs a 4.6 in the 40-yard dash that will expedite the process.

"If I get an offer from a school like Oklahoma State and I visit there and I'm satisfied, then I could make a commitment," he added. "I've been to Stillwater once and I remember it was a good campus. I know with what Mr. (Boone) Pickens is doing with giving the money that the facilities are excellent. That is a school that for me wouldn't take a lot of thought. I could decide quick."

Apparently the Oklahoma State staff is still pondering what they have seen out of the candidates in its search for a quarterback for the 2009 class.

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