Among the challengers for the position is sophomore Tyler Matthews.
Matthews arrived at TCU as one of the most highly regarded quarterbacks ever signed by TCU in the Gary Patterson era. The native from McPherson, KS was regarded as the top overall player in Kansas from the 2012 class.
Prior to his arrival at TCU, you could catch Matthews at various camps including the Nike Camp, The Opening and Elite 11, where he was considered a front runner to win top quarterback award. Sprinkled in with his camp appearances he made visits to TCU at every opportunity he and his family could get. Not far from Tyler's hips every step of the way was little brother Cameron, who at the time was a 5-foot-7 gunslinger himself with aspirations to play college football.
Three years later, Cameron isn't so little anymore and he's starting to pave his own path to the next level.
Cameron Matthews now measures in at 6-foot-3, 185-pounds and is quickly becoming a name to watch from the 2016 class. Last season as a sophomore at Ft. Worth Trinity Valley, Matthews threw for 1,319 yards with 9 touchdowns in his first year as a starter. That included a breakout performance in a 30-24 win over Aubrey where he completed 27-of-31 passes for 402 yards with 4 touchdowns.
"It was really a great experience for me; that was my first full year as a starter on varsity," Matthews said. "It was a learning year on understanding the process and how everything develops. My quarterback coach was Jeff Dover who played at TCU with LaDainian Tomlinson so that was a great help for me."
Matthews made a good impression earlier this year as a participant at the U.S. Army Underclassmen Combine. While he feels he started off slow, he was pleased with his overall performance.
"I feel like I did pretty well," he said of his performance. "It was a little different because I'm not used to that caliber of receivers but after a while I really got the hang of it."
College programs have started to take notice in Matthews as he's already received interest from Rice, North Texas and TCU thus far. It's nice to have a big brother who has gone through the process before and Matthews knows he can always rely on Tyler for advice.
"If I have any questions about football, he'll answer that. But mainly, he told me to just enjoy it because he really loved high school and it was fun for him. He said that college is very fun but in high school it's people you've grown up with and go to school with throughout the day and after school you go to practice," he said. "He said he enjoyed that very much."
As the younger brother of one of the top quarterbacks ever to come through Kansas, Matthews admits he's felt some pressure of equaling what Tyler accomplished. However, the younger Matthews' welcomes the challenge and knows there isn't a better person he can compare himself to. After all, who's to say he won't surpass big brother's potential?
"I would say yes, but I put it on myself that I should be able to. I want to compare myself to him because obviously he's a great quarterback and everything he's done it's great," he said. "So, I can compare myself to him to try to do everything he's done and even one up that to better myself to be just as good as him if not better."
TCU obviously is a school Matthews has a high interest in but at this point he's looking at every option he'll have available during his recruitment.
"Honestly I would go anywhere in the country as long as they throw the football," he said. "I'm not really picky with where I go at this point. I don't really have any certain schools; I like the Big 12, I'd like to stay closer to home and play conference teams here. But, I'm looking anywhere honestly."
Speaking of throwing the ball, Matthews was in attendance on Saturday as TCU held their first practice of the spring and witnessed first-hand the Frogs' new explosive offense. Matthews sees the offense heading in the right direction.
"It looked like everyone knew the offense very well and it seems like it's going to be hard for a defense to keep up with them," Matthews said. "I feel like it's going to be a great offense. TCU already had an amazing defense, I feel like TCU is going to be a great team this year and I'm looking forward to that."
Matthews has spent this off-season in the gym getting bigger and stronger while also working with a quarterback coach on a weekly basis. Up next is an invite to the Dallas Elite 11, which will be in April. The rising quarterback is ready to showcase what he can do.
"It's a great opportunity for me to compare myself to some other quarterbacks around here," Matthews said. "I'm definitely going to do that."