There are going to be some stars for Norman (Okla.) North when it takes on Mustang in a pivotal district showdown Thursday.
Both are well-deserving of the attention they receive and both produce on the field. But they’re not alone.
On the other side is going to be Mustang quarterback Chandler Garrett. Thrust into the spotlight last season, he was sensational as a sophomore.
All he did was complete 156 of 223 passes for 1,683 yards with 13 touchdowns and seven interceptions. His greatest moment, coincidentally, was on the same field he’ll be on Thursday in Norman. Garrett was instrumental in a first-round playoff win on the road in one of the best games of the season in the state.
He went to the Elite 11 QB qualifying camp at Cowboys Stadium in the spring but didn’t receive an invite. He went to camps during the summer but no offers came his way.
Through five games as a junior, he has managed to be even better than before. As for his recruitment, well, still nothing.
At camps, Garrett isn’t necessarily standing out. He admitted the Elite 11 was something he definitely wasn’t 100 percent prepared for.
He might never be because Garrett, who is 6-foot-2 and maybe 6-3 and 205 pounds, doesn’t thrive in a camp setting. But get him under the bright lights when it matters most, and he has delivered.
“He’s a special kid,” Mustang coach Jeremy Dombek said. “He just has that certain quality you cannot really teach.”
Garrett has been special through five games in leading the Broncos to a 4-1 record. He has completed 90 of 138 passes for 1,221 yards with 13 touchdowns and four interceptions. He has also rushed for three more scores.
The offers might still be a ways away for some reason, but if Garrett keeps doing what he’s doing, schools won’t have a choice but to look more in his direction.