The 2015 quarterbacks that Texas has offered fall into three probability categories, but we'll get to that in a minute. First, it's worth noting that the Longhorns offered just one quarterback (to date) in 2014, and landed him, in Jerrod Heard. So that explains just how zany 2015 has been to this point. Second, it's likely that the Longhorns take two signal callers in the 2015 class, explaining, at least in part, why the 'Horns have been so active on the recruiting trail at the position.
Now, on to the categories.
ABSOLUTE PIE IN THE SKY
Town is Scout.com's No. 1 quarterback for 2015, and he became a Longhorn possibility after camping in Austin over the summer. He listed Texas as a potential favorite … and then promptly committed to Alabama. That one's not likely to change. And this week, Texas extended an offer to Rosen, who plays second-fiddle to Town in both the state of California and the nation— literally, he's the No. 2 quarterback in the country. While Rosen's recruitment has a way to go, his four current favorites are all located in California. He'll be a tough pull.
A LLOYD CHRISTMAS CHANCE
For those unfamiliar with the movie Dumb and Dumber, Christmas, played by Jim Carrey, asks a female character what chance there is for the two of them to date. When she answers with "one out of a million," the perpetually positive Carrey responds: "So you're telling me there's a chance." This one doesn't come with odds that poor, but Murray will be an admittedly difficult recruit to land. His father, Kevin Murray, was a quarterback at Texas A&M, and most believe that Kyler is set to follow in his father's footsteps. But while this one looks like (and is) a long-shot, it's a safer bet than those above because the Murrays have shown interest in the Longhorns, and Kyler is set to visit the 40 Acres for the Texas-Oklahoma State contest. At 5-foot-11, Murray is a smaller quarterback, but his athleticism and accuracy fit the Texas spread system well, and he's ranked as the No. 11 quarterback nationally by Scout.com.
Stidham is actually rated higher than Murray, and he certainly has a lofty ceiling. A 6-foot-4 flamethrower with a powerful arm and 4.65 speed in the 40-yard dash, Stidham was a star wide receiver a year ago as a sophomore. At last glance, Stidham appeared to favor the Longhorns, and the No. 4 quarterback per Scout.com can do everything the 'Horns ask him to. Ketchum and Virgil take a bit more projecting. The No. 26 quarterback in the nation and a three-star prospect, Virgil isn't impressive physically, though he has some mobility, accuracy and moxie. Ketchum is an outstanding athlete. At just under 6-foot and weighing 200 pounds, he's built like a running back, and runs like one too. The Fort Bend Marshall standout is actually rated as the No. 11 safety by Scout, though he's said that he'll only go somewhere where he can play quarterback at the next level. Texas is going to give him that chance, and Ketchum could be a huge factor in the quarterback run game that the Longhorns want to build. Don't be surprised if Texas falls short on the three players listed above, while pulling in two of these three options.