After falling behind 14-0 to a very good Melissa team, 2015 Stephenville quarterback Jarrett Stidham got hot, leading the Yellow Jackets to a 49-27 win. Stephenville is considered one of the teams to beat in the Division II part of the Texas State 7-on-7 tournament, in large part because of its talented signal caller.
"A big thing for us is it helps with our timing for the routes and all that kind of stuff," Stidham said. "It gets us ready for the fall. Offensively, you know we like to throw it around a lot, so 7-on-7 that's all you do. So that really does help. It gives the receivers a good chance to work if the route's not there the first time."
Stidham would know. Last season, he was the recipient of a number of those passes, helping the Yellow Jackets to a 14-1 record by pulling down passes for 800 yards and 11 touchdowns.
"I know playing receiver. I can help these outside guys since they're completely new to the varsity level," Stidham said. "I help them all the time on their routes and if the corner's playing a certain way, what to do, and all that kind of stuff. So it helps me learn a defense and how a corner will play and it helps me teach other guys how to play the position."
Stidham may know receiver, but it's his potential at quarterback that has college coaches raving. After throwing just three varsity passes a year ago, Stidham has quickly emerged as arguably the state's top quarterback prospect for 2015, the result of a big spring and fantastic camp performances.
"It's definitely surreal and everything," Stidham said of the attention. "But at the same time, I think when I go to these camps and all that kind of stuff, when [coaches] come in the spring, I guess they've heard about me or whatever. I guess they see what they need to see. It's definitely exciting and kind of weird at the same time [because] I've only thrown three passes."
Stidham stood out at the Texas camp earlier, throwing the ball all over the practice fields and running a 4.65 40-yard dash. His rocket arm and his 6-foot-4 frame has drawn offers from four in-state schools in Texas, Texas A&M, Baylor and Texas Tech, and he also reentry picked up a Kentucky offer as well.
But his hunt for more offers will next take him out-of-state when he heads to visit the defending national champs in Tuscaloosa. After finishing up the state 7-on-7 tournament on Friday, Stidham plans to head to Alabama on Sunday and work out on Monday and potentially Tuesday, before going up to camp and visit at Kentucky next weekend.
"It's kind of every kid's dream to hopefully get an offer from the best team in the country," Stidham said of Alabama. "It's definitely exciting. I'm really looking forward to meeting Coach Saban, one of the best coaches in the country, but it's definitely, definitely exciting."
Stidham has said all along that he plans to take his time with the recruiting process, and even though he said "I'd love for Alabama to jump into the picture this coming week," he means to hold to that timeline.
"It's hard one to pass up, honestly, because you're in the running for the national championship every single year, but I just take it into consideration like anything else," Stidham said.
When asked if any of the schools recruiting him so far have stood out, he said, "Not really."
"Honestly, I've probably been down to College Station a bit more than all these other places … maybe them," Stidham said. "But I haven't really seen that much of the place and I haven't really talked to the coaches that much. But I've probably been down to College Station a bit more than any other place."