Texas Trio: Quarterbacks

We start our look at the state's best players by taking a glance at the top trio of signal callers in Texas.

1) Matt Davis, Klein Forest (Texas A&M)

The only downside to Davis at this point is that people are still waiting to see how he returns from tearing his ACL a year ago. Prior to the injury, Davis looked fantastic and appeared to be one of the most explosive offensive players in the state. As a sophomore, Davis rushed for 1,427 yards and 22 touchdowns, while completing 58.5 percent of his throws for another 1,393 yards and 14 touchdowns to seven interceptions. He certainly fits the definition of dual-threat: a player effective both running and throwing the ball. When healthy, Davis is capable of ripping off 40 times in the low 4.4 second to 4.38 second range. That makes him a great get for any team looking to utilize the quarterback run game, as Texas A&M will in upcoming years.



2) Trevor Knight, San Antonio Reagan (Texas A&M)

Knight is another dual-threat player, and somebody who appears to have a bright future both as a runner and a passer. It will be important for him to improve his consistency, however, as he completed just 49.6 percent of his throws a year ago and tossed just 11 touchdowns to eight interceptions. He doesn't throw short much, however, averaging better than 13 yards per completion in both of his two seasons as a starter. And he's a highly effective runner, rushing for 1,050 yards and 22 touchdowns a year ago. He's not the freak athlete that Davis is, but has the height and frame to develop into an excellent pocket passer. His potential was enough to get offers from most of the Texas schools and LSU, with Knight committing to Texas A&M.



3) Tommy Armstrong, Cibolo Steele (undecided)

Ask Steele coach Michael Jinks why the Knights won a state title this past year, and he won't cite elite running back Malcolm Brown, nor Brown's star backup runner Justin Stockton. He'll tap Armstrong, the quarterback who provided enough of a passing attack that teams couldn't key in on either runner. As the team's third running option, he rushed for 512 yards and eight touchdowns. More importantly, he didn't turn the ball over through the air, boasting a fantastic 19-2 touchdown-to-interception ratio. And he looked even better in the spring, showing poise in the pocket and an arm capable of making every throw. Armstrong, who runs a 4.5 40, is athletic enough that schools like Alabama have stopped by to evaluate him as a safety, and he finishes off runs like a fullback. This year, it will be his team to lead, and his numbers should go up accordingly.



Watch out for …

Jalen Overstreet. The Tatum quarterback was neck-and-neck with Armstrong for the No. 3 spot, and I largely picked Armstrong because I was able to see his development over the spring, whereas I judged Overstreet off his film alone. Overstreet is an excellent runner and shows potential as a passer.


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