The next big thing out of Abilene is already drawing attention; Abilene Cooper receiver Lorenzo Joe, better known around the west Texas school as "Lo-Joe". While it shouldn't come as a surprise that Joe is receiving interest, it should be noted that Joe is a 2014 prospect.
At 6-foot-2, 180-pounds with 4.4 speed; Joe played receiver for the Cougars in 2011 while hauling in passes from Texas Tech signee Clayton Nicholas. Joe is now making the transition to quarterback and looked impressive at the Under Armour 7-on-7 last weekend in Cedar Hill leading the Cougars to the championship game.
Joe has already received his first offer from Texas Tech and more could be soon to follow. Joe says the offer from the Red Raiders caught him a bit by surprise.
"It felt great, it was a surprise when they offered me," he said. "It feels good to get that first offer off my chest, now I have something to come back on."
Although he's making the transition to quarterback for his team, Joe says he prefers to play receiver at the next level.
"Last year I played receiver and right now I'm making the transition to quarterback. It's been fun but in college I'd like to play receiver," he said.
Like many other prospects from Texas, Joe grew up a Longhorn fan. However, while Texas is a team he idolized growing up, he says he'll closely evaluate every team that shows him interest.
"Growing up I was a Texas fan, I always loved watching Vince Young, he was my favorite quarterback when they won the National Championship," Joe said. "But right now, being in high school and getting these offers, I'm open to anything."
Joe says TCU has come by his school this spring but aside from the visit he hasn't heard too much from the Horned Frogs.
"They've been at our spring practices but I really haven't talked to anybody from TCU," he said. "I've got some questionnaires and some camp stuff, but that's about it."
Is TCU a school he'd like to hear more from?
"That would be nice, any school I'm open up to so it doesn't matter," Joe said.
Joe has plans to attend two camps thus far; Baylor on June 3rdand Texas on June 10th. He hopes to attend more if his schedule permits.