Coach Kliff Kingsbury, nicknamed the Kingmaker in the latest edition of Dave Campbell's Texas Football Magazine, may have chosen his next quarterback heir to the throne in Class of 2019 dual-threat quarterback Grant Tisdale of Allen.
Tisdale was offered after an outstanding performance at Texas Tech's satellite camp in Duncanville last Sunday.
"They called Coach [Cory] Cain, and he told me to get in contact with coach Emmett Jones. [Coach Jones] told me how they respect me, how hard I worked. They said they saw how I performed at the camp and think I can be a real asset. He let me talk to coach Kingsbury and he told me that I'm one of the top guys in this class. They're just excited to offer me and hopefully get to work with me soon."
The offer is Tisdale's first from a Power Five school, and the standout prospect was emotional when asked what it meant for him.
"It means a lot, actually. It shows that hard work pays off. All the training I've done with my receivers, my teammates... it just shows that if you stay focused, stay humble, believe in God, you know, anything can happen."
How does Tisdale feel being hand-picked by the quarterback guru before his sophomore year?
"It means a lot. He's one of my favorite coaches, like I've said before. He knows what he's doing with quarterbacks. He's coached a lot of good ones with Patrick Mahomes and others. The offer shows that I've earned his respect, and hopefully I can continue to do that with the hard work that I put in. It means a lot coming from someone of his coaching caliber."
Tisdale went into more detail about his thoughts on coach Kingsbury.
"He's a great coach, extremely big on character. He doesn't like people that mess up off the field. He's all about hard work, preparing you to become a better person - not just a football player, but a man. He's just an all-around great guy. He's one of my favorite coaches because of what he does, and how he operates."
Tisdale was asked shortly after the camp, prior to the offer, about his thoughts on an impending offer from the Red Raiders, and his message was the same.
"That would be very exciting. I haven't really been up to Texas Tech, but I've heard the campus is very nice. I like all the coaches, from what I've seen. I feel like Texas Tech would be a great, great offer for me actually. I really like Texas Tech."
The 6-foot, 200-pound quarterback has already earned four stars and a spot on the Scout Class of 2019 Watch List, and is expected to be a nationally-pursued recruit. How does Texas Tech's offer stack up against the imminent competitors for his services?
"Texas Tech was one of my first, so they're always going to be in there. I've got to respect the schools that gave me a chance early on. Texas Tech and the other schools that looked at me early, they're always going to be in consideration, they believed in me. Texas Tech is going to be in the running for a while."
Tisdale also plans on visiting Lubbock soon for the first time, to get a feel for the campus.
"I hope so. I want to get down there, check out the facilities, meet all the coaches, get to talk with them, just see how the campus life is around Texas Tech."
Allen teammate and fellow Tech offeree Theo Wease received an offer last month and was able to visit with the coaches at the Duncanville camp. He reached out to Tisdale to congratulate him on the offer. Tech is the only Power Five program to have offered both prospects.
"Yes he has, actually. This is just a lifelong dream for us, to get this offer and hopefully just to keep climbing."
Increasingly, quarterbacks are the bell cow of their recruiting classes, building relationships with others in their class and recruiting other prospects to their school of choice. Tisdale seems to embrace this role.
"I'll probably try to connect with people around the area, gamechanging players in our class and stuff like that. The safety at Bishop Dunne, I heard he was a great athlete. The one at Rockwall, people like them that can be gamechangers at Texas Tech or wherever."
Tisdale shared his thoughts about the satellite camp at Duncanville High School.
"Overall, the camp was just a great experience. I got to compete against people I know and people I've heard about around the area, so it was just an overall great experience."
He also had one of the better throws of the camp, completing a touchdown pass to a current teammate.
"I threw the one to [2017 Allen wide receiver] Tenio Ayeni, where he ran the corner post over the middle."
The atmosphere at the camp was electric, and Tisdale really enjoyed being around Tech's coaching staff.
"I like coaches that bring energy. You don't want to be around a coaching staff that's not trying to get you hyped up or energize you. The Texas Tech coaching staff, they'll get you pumped up and ready to work. It was just fun to be around them, because they keep things fun and interesting."
The quarterback spoke about the turnout from Allen, as it seems nearly half the Eagles football team was represented at the camp.
"You know, we just wanted to come in and compete, show that Allen is still producing great players and great people. We wanted to showcase our talent and show that we could compete with the best players out there. Just wanted to represent Allen and hopefully get our names out there to the coaches at Texas Tech."
Tisdale spoke more about the level of competition at the satellite camp.
"I think the competition was good. A lot of older people, younger people, just coming out to compete. I feel like the people that competed there got better, going against older guys, like the eighth grader that ran that one route [Majik Caruth-Rector], he's going to be a great player. I feel like the competition there was stout, I feel like it represented the DFW area as having the best players in the country."
Grant Tisdale holds offers from Indiana State, SMU, and Texas Tech. He reports interest from Florida State, Ohio State, and Oregon, among others.