Recruiting: McHargue Likes His New Offense

Quarterback Taylor McHargue of Cedar Park (Vista Ridge), Texas, raised some eyebrows this summer when he attended several camps. He is raising even more eyebrows, and attracting more attention, now that the high school season has started. McHargue is excited about the winning his Vista Ridge High School team is doing.

"Last year in non-district play we were 0-3 and now this season we are 2-1," said McHargue. "I know that is not unbeaten but that is a big improvement for us. We got bumped up to 5A and that is the hardest class in Texas and we've already beaten two 5A teams.

"We underestimated Waco Midway. They are loaded and they really put one on us, but we beat Austin Bowie, who won their district last season, and we beat Pflugerville Connally and they had two players go to Iowa State off last season's team."

The 6-2, 190-pound Taylor McHargue, who has 4.5 speed and was mainly a running quarterback last season, credits a new offensive coordinator and new spread offense with helping both him and the team.

"I think I'm playing real good," said McHargue, who was speaking on the phone from his quarterback coach's house. "It's good for me personally and it is good for this team. In this new spread offense I get to throw all the time and get the ball in the hands of my teammates so that they can make plays. It's a lot of fun.

"My quarterback coach made a tape of cutups to send to schools and we've already had several schools call back. Texas A&M was one of them and I went to their game last Saturday. I thought the trip was real good. They play tough opponents like that Miami team they were playing Saturday."

McHargue estimates that he has thrown for close to 500 yards this season after finishing the entire season with just around 700 yards of pass offense. McHargue felt like he'd thrown four touchdowns passes and had run for two others.

"Oklahoma State and Texas A&M, that's what I want to play in the Big 12," said McHargue. "If both offered that would be fine because I have no preference. If it is Oklahoma State that offers then that is fine. Whoever offers, that is great because I like any option and I have no preference."

Once things get serious this could be over in a hurry as McHargue seems eager to take an option that he is serious about. In other words when the offers come it won't take any time at all.

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