"Nowhere I'd rather be..."

Friendswood signal caller Jacob Karam verbally committed to Texas Tech this evening, ending the speculation on who the Red Raiders QB for the class of 2009 will be. RaiderPower.com talked with Karam about his commitment and what made him decide to choose Texas Tech. Come inside for the latest...

Texas Tech got great news this evening, as Friendswood signal caller Jacob Karam held a press conference to announce that he will be the Red Raiders' QB for the class of 2009.

"I couldn't be happier about my commitment. I'm very excited to be a Red Raider and there's nowhere I'd rather be going."

After participating in Tech's minicamp and being offered a scholarship over the weekend, Karam didn't need long to decide where he wanted to go.

"There are 1000 reasons I could write down to go to Tech or any other school, but what separated Texas Tech was just the gut feeling I got when I was there. I just felt like it was the right place for me to be."

With three quarterbacks at the minicamp over the weekend, what was it that set Jacob apart from the other prospects?

"I was just very focused, hustled a lot, and just focused on my mechanics. I tried to do my best, and I guess that's what helped me stand out to the coaches."

Jacob visited Lubbock earlier this spring to attend Junior Day, and his visit also factored into his decision to pull the trigger so quickly.

"I didn't talk to Coach Leach this weekend, but I came to Lubbock for Tech's junior day, and I talked to him then."

Jacob feels confident in his decision and is impressed with the academic side of Texas Tech as well.

"I hope the transition will be smooth. I know a lot of kids from high school who go to Texas Tech. Every student who goes there loves it. Even if I wasn't playing football, I'd go to Texas Tech as a student. It's an honor to have the chance to play football there."

Karam, who runs a 4.59-40, is more of a dual-threat quarterback than than previous QBs recruited in the Mike Leach era. What kind of competitive advantage does Karam think this may give him?

"I'm just going to try to learn as much as I can from Coach Leach. I feel like with my ability to run, I could maybe hold onto the ball sometimes and we could throw a wrinkle in the offense here and there."

RaiderPower.com will have more on Karam throughout the week, including a scouting report from Houston-based analyst Alan Zepeda.



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