Stephenville has produced several prolific passers over the last 20 years, and Jarrett Stidham looks like he'll be up next on that list. The 6-foot-4 dual-threat quarterback has been a hot name through the spring and early summer, and he made his way down to Austin for the Longhorns' June 2 camp.
"It was great," Stidham said. "I went down there for their spring game, but I didn't get to talk to anyone, or really see the facilities or anything. Going to camp, I got to see a lot more. I was able to talk to Coach [Major] Applewhite, and Mack Brown a bit. That definitely helps with them on my radar and my interest in them."
Plenty of Texas quarterbacks coming through the pipeline remember Applewhite from his time as the Longhorns' signal caller, and Stidham said he came into the camp looking forward to spending time with the new primary offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach.
"Honestly, that was probably my favorite part," Stidham said. "He's really intense, just really straight up. A lot of people there were shocked, but I loved it. He was really intense, and was on you to get stuff done. That was good."
Stidham said Texas was high on his list of schools.
"They're definitely up there," Stidham said. "Baylor and Tech, obviously they've offered me, but Texas is right up at the top of my list somewhere. When you talk about a top two, three or four, they're definitely up there."
The Longhorns said that they wouldn't offer a 2015 quarterback until after their camp circuit finishes. Does Stidham feel like he's due for a Texas offer?
"I really do hope so," Stidham said. "I talked with Coach [Mack] Brown and Coach Applewhite, and they said they were really interested and everything. They just want to see how everything goes. So I'm hoping so, but I don't know for sure."
From a physical standpoint, it's hard to draw up a better specimen than Stidham. He's 6-4 190, with a powerful arm, and he ran a 4.65 40-yard dash at the Longhorns' camp. But he admitted that he's been surprised by all the recruiting attention at quarterback. After all, this will be his first year as a starter at the position, and he's thrown just three passes at the varsity level. Last season, Stidham was actually an incredibly effective wide receiver, with more than 800 yards and 11 receiving touchdowns.
"It is kind of shocking," Stidham said. "I've thrown three passes my whole varsity career, and while I ran the ball a bit, I've never started or played a complete game [at quarterback]. So I really haven't done that yet. I do feel confident in myself. I wanted to go out and show everyone that I belonged out there. It's definitely a crazy experience."
The lack of experience didn't seem to bother Stidham at the camp, with the 2015 prospect firing the ball all over the field. Stidham said he felt like he played well.
"It was really good to go up there and compete with Jerrod Heard and some of those other guys," Stidham said. "But there's always room for improvement. I'm never going to be the kind of guy who is satisfied."
Stidham is headed to Texas A&M this weekend, and is slated to hit Baylor on Sunday. He said he plans to attend Texas Tech's camp in Lancaster on Tuesday, and will likely hit TCU's camp next Friday. Stidham said a trip to Kentucky for the Wildcats' July 19 camp is also probably on the books.
"Mostly, right now, I'm just keeping everything wide open," Stidham said. "If somebody were to recruit me that isn't doing as well [on the field], I'm not neglecting them. I'm considering everyone. I'm wide open."