State championships in high school football are a hard thing to come by in Texas. So when you let one slip out of your hands, you can't stop thinking about it. Especially when you have another chance to grab it.
Since his commitment to SMU this summer, getting back to the state championship has been the only thing on Darrell Colbert's mind.
Now, almost halfway through the regular season of this year, Houston Lamar, a perennial powerhouse in the state, is off to a blazing hot start. In fact, Colbert's team has been doing so well that he has yet to play a full game.
"It's going real good right now, we're 5-0 coming off a big win against Westside," Colbert said. "We won 71-21 so that was a big win for us being that they're in our district and a really good team."
Through five games, Colbert has passed for 549 yards, nine touchdowns and three interceptions while completing just over 60 percent of his passes. A dual-threat quarterback, Colbert has also rushed for 127 yards and two touchdowns.
The three-star prospect says a few other college representatives have stopped by to watch him and his team in action and have expressed interest including North Texas, Utah and Yale.
"There have been a few people that have come up to the school," Colbert said. "A lot of coaches come out and talk to the trainers and they talk to us."
But Colbert hasn't seen any school that would trump his bond with SMU. Colbert visited the Hilltop just a couple weeks ago when the Ponies faced Rutgers.
"It was a good game," Colbert said. "I feel like with the mistakes they made in the first quarter they made the game harder than it could have been. If they didn't make those mistakes in the first quarter they would have won the game without going into overtime."
The signal-caller will not be taking his official visit to SMU until the spring.
Colbert says he talks with members from the SMU coaching staff at least once a week. Wide receivers coach Jason Phillips is his official recruiter, but Colbert has spoken with quarterbacks coach Dan Morrison, running backs coach Timmy Chang and head coach June Jones, who he met with before the game to discuss the new offense and his senior season.
Because Colbert's commitment is solid to SMU he can focus on his only goal for this season- a big shiny ring.
"My goal is to get back to the state championship and win it," Colbert said. "We made it down there last year, and we came up short. Now we have to win it."
Colbert Focused On State
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