Kliff Kingsbury's first quarterback offer in the 2019 recruiting class went to Allen prospect Grant Tisdale, a sophomore who turned in an impressive showing at a Texas Tech satellite in Duncanville camp back in July.
The 6-foot, 198-pound quarterback didn't start for the 6A powerhouse this past fall but saw significant playing time as the Eagles made a deep playoff run with a very young team. Tisdale talked about how last season went.
"I felt like we bonded more as a team. We didn't reach our ultimate goal to reach the state championship and hopefully win it, we came up short. But I felt like as a team, and as a whole, we bonded and came together as a family. The chemistry got going and I feel like we're going to come back better and more prepared next season."
Several players on Allen's team in Tisdale's class have already racked up offers. Tisdale talked about what the Eagles bring back on the roster next season.
"We bring back a lot of talent. A lot of young talent, actually. Theo Wease (who committed to Oklahoma), he's a rising star, received a lot of offers this past month. Jayden as well. But we have a lot of young talent coming back with EJ, Deondre Davis, Tay Brooks, we have a lot of young talent on the team just waiting to show what they can do."
Texas Tech remains Tisdale's only Power Five offer, and they are still high on his board because of that.
"Yeah. Texas Tech is still up there, they gave me a shot before most colleges have. I feel like my relationship with Texas Tech is very good."
Schools across the country have expressed interest in Tisdale, but with his limited film due to not starting last year, no other offers have come in yet.
"I received a lot of interest from different colleges like Florida, Penn State, Washington, but I just feel like they're waiting to see me throw in the springtime. Just interest right now."
However, the quarterback does feel like one school in particular is close to extending an offer.
"I think Oklahoma State is close to offering. I didn't have a chance to go to their junior day, but I feel like Oklahoma State is right on the edge of pulling that trigger on me."
Does Tisdale have a dream school that he's wanting to hear from?
"No, not really. Just try to find a place that best fits me and helps me grow as a person and a player."
NFL Draft prospect Patrick Mahomes was able to do some great things on the football field under the tutelage of Kliff Kingsbury, and Tisdale was able to see some of them this past fall.
"Yeah! I watched a couple of their games. The offense still looks the same, they like to throw the ball a lot, like to sling it around. They like to keep their receivers happy. I want to get down to a game in Lubbock to see what the atmosphere and stuff like that is like."
Does the four-star quarterback have any plans for this offseason?
"I'm not sure yet. I have to get with my Dad to get a plan out to see what we're going to do this summer. Hopefully I can get down to a couple schools and see what their campus looks like."
Quarterbacks are traditionally the "bell cow" of each class, committing early and rallying other recruits to each class. It's a ways away until National Signing Day 2019, though, and Tisdale doesn't have a timeline in mind right now.
"It's mostly just whenever I feel comfortable with it. I've got to talk to my family. When I feel comfortable with a place where I feel I can grow as a person and a player, a place that feels like home to me, a place where I'll develop friendships and connections down the road. It can come tomorrow or all the way up until Signing Day, it's just whenever I feel comfortable."
Allen is one of the top schools in the talent-rich Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex, and Tisdale is building relationships with several prospects around the area.
"Yeah. Theo, I hope I can play with him on the next level, that would be something special. Me and him developed the kind of chemistry that most players don't have between each other. Jayden, he's a childhood friend of mine. EJ. Players that I've established connections with and bonded with over the years."
Tisdale holds offers from Indiana State, SMU, and Texas Tech. He reports interest from Florida, Oklahoma State, Penn State, and Washington, among others.