Kearns Takes In Texas

Pleasanton (Calif.) Foothill quarterback Kyle Hearns made it halfway around the country to the June 2 Texas camp. What were his impressions of the Longhorns?

"It was a great camp," Kearns said. "I learned a lot from the coaching staff that was there and I got to see a lot of the Texas talent and see where I compared. Working on the stuff that Coach [Major] Applewhite was having us work on was a lot of fun, and I'm going to be taking that back home."

After the camp finished, Kearns took the time to meet with the Longhorns' offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach.

"I just went and talked with Coach Applewhite," Kearns said. "He said that I had a good camp and they said they're going to go into a meeting [to decide later]. He said they were going to wait until all their camps were done to offer a 2015 quarterback and we're going to go from there."

And if the Longhorn offer does come, would Texas be a major player for Kearns's services?

"They're right up there," Kearns said. "I wouldn't be here if they weren't. I'm going out to the schools that I thought I'd really fit in well at and Austin's an incredible place. The coaching staff is amazing and the tradition that Texas has behind it and the fan base you can tell is really strong behind the program. It's an incredible school with great academics behind it as well."

Kearns plans to put in a busy summer, with plans to camp at Clemson on the 14th, Georgia on the 15th and Vanderbilt on the 16th. Additionally, Kearns said he'd probably try to find a way to get out to see Wisconsin, which has recently been in contact.


FOXSportsNext National Recruiting Analyst Brandon Huffman sizes up Kearns

I think he's got good arm strength with a chance over the next two years to build an even stronger arm, just as he matures and gets stronger. He has a really natural throwing motion, and has pretty good size, so it's just a thing where he'll continue to grow into his body. He needs to iron out a few little mechanical issues, just things like getting crisper footwork and a little bit better release. He needs to get better at not trying to sling everything, and to continue to work on his accuracy, but those are just things that come with experience. He plays in a very, very good league, one that has produced six quarterbacks in the last two years who have gone on to FBS programs. And he's coming from a program that's very good. So his competition is high caliber. He's playing against good defenses. Once he does things like getting a little more crisp into his footwork and getting his whole body into his throws, he's going to be a little bit more of a finished product.


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