Junior QB Gets First Offer

As the high school season winds down, many high school juniors now have a full season of material for coaches to evaluate. For one such junior, this led to a first offer almost immediately. Websider's David Sandhop visits with the prospect about this new offer.

While the staff at Texas A&M is still putting the finishing touches on the Class of 2009, work on the 2010 prospects has begun with 10-15 offers to juniors already on the table. With only three scholarship quarterbacks on the roster after this season and apparently no signal caller in the 2009 class, signing a couple of high school prospects to lead the offense 3-4 years down the road is a high priority. That was reflected in a recent early offer to junior Jameill Showers of Killeen Shoemaker.

"A&M just offered me last week. It was my first offer and I was pretty surprised," Showers said. "My coaches told me that it was early and not to get down on the process that the offers would come. Then the offer came. I'm excited about it."

Based on his performance on the field, the offer shouldn't come as a surprise. The 6-foot-2, 205-pound prospect is a passing quarterback that can use his 4.59 forty speed when needed. However, despite rushing for 700 yards so far this season, Showers does most of his damage with his arm throwing for roughly 2100 yards and 20 touchdowns and only six interceptions.

"My dad is a coach. He's the defensive coordinator for our team," Showers said. "He spent a lot of time with me taking me to camps and working on my mechanics, and really just learning about the game of football. I just feel comfortable out there on the field."

With a D-1 caliber senior quarterback leading the Gray Wolves last season, Showers did not get his chance at the varsity level until the final game of the year against Bryan when an injury sidelined the starter. The wide-eyed sophomore dazzled the crowd, and he's been dominating central Texas defenses ever since. It was another dominating performance against Killeen Ellison two weeks ago that caught the eye of Texas A&M quarterback coach Tom Rossley who was in the stands.

"I didn't know he was there until I got to school that Monday and coach told me," Showers said. "In the Ellison game, I had 350 yards passing and three touchdowns, so I guess he liked me. The next day A&M offered me."

In his opinion, was there a particular play that stood out in the Ellison game that likely caught the eye of the veteran quarterback coach and former SMU head coach?

"On the previous drive, I threw a pick and Ellison went down to score and they tied it up," Showers said. "I didn't get down and I knew I had to bounce back and go get the lead. We eventually scored on a 60-yard fade route to MJ Porter. I think that showed him I was resilient and strong mentally."

Asked about his strengths as a football player, Showers was quick to stay on the mental aspects of the game and downplaying the physical attributes.

"My strength is my leadership and getting the team focused," Showers said. "When things don't go our way and guys get down, I get everybody on the same page and focused on the next play. Physically, I have the ability to make the tough throw and my arm strength is pretty good."

Showers added that he has a lot of room for improvement, especially in his decision-making and finding the open man and getting rid of the ball quicker. In terms of recruiting, the Killeen prospect is moving quickly as well, attending the Texas A&M home game last weekend after receiving his offer.

"I had a great time. I've always liked the Big 12 and Texas A&M," Showers said. "A&M is definitely up there. It's close to home and I like their quarterback situation. I think I'd be a great fit there. Right now, I really like Texas A&M."

Showers did say that recruiting will now go to the backburner with the playoffs starting up next weekend. The Gray Wolves will face Tyler John Tyler Saturday at 5:00 in Midlothian in the first round of the playoffs. When the season is over, he'll look into his options and decide what's best. He did indicate that a decision after the football season was a possibility.

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