Doubt Jaylon Mascorro At Your Own Risk

Jaylon Mascorro was one of the stars of Texas' Elite Quarterback Academy. But he still feels like he is flying under the radar.

Go ahead and doubt 2017 quarterback Jaylon Mascorro (Refugio, Texas) wouldn’t be as productive as he is if he played at a higher classification in high school.

We double-dog dare you.

OK, so he plays for a tiny 2A program. And?

He threw for 3,670 yards and 42 touchdowns, while also rushing for 970 yards and six scores as a junior. Those numbers demand respect and if you aren’t going to give it to him, he’s hell bent on proving you wrong one way or another.

“I am very under the radar,” Mascorro said. “They underrate me bad because I play 2A ball so they think it is way easier where I am playing compared to 4A, 5A, 6A.

“That’s why I want to go to camp with [five-star 2017 QB] Shawn Robinson. I want to go to camps with the best quarterbacks in the country so I can show them that I am just as good, if not better than them.”

Mascorro opened plenty of eyes at Texas’ Elite Quarterback Academy last week, which UT QB coach Shawn Watson put on for three days.

It was a fun, but rigorous camp that included meetings to go over leadership skills, reading defenses, offensive scheme, footwork, as well as numerous workouts a day.

When it was all said and done, Mascorro was one of a handful of quarterbacks that spent a little extra time with Watson in UT’s football facilities.

The feedback he got from Watson reassured him that he was on the right track with his career, which could very well include an offer from the Longhorns down the road.

“I was trying to get Coach Watson’s attention even more,” Mascorro said when asked what he was trying to get out of this camp. “I wanted to show him how strong my arm was and how good my feet were in the pocket. I think I did that.

“He told me that I’m a great player and that I’m going to be a great quarterback at the next level. He couldn’t talk to me about recruiting but he said he was going to recruit me really hard.”

Mascorro said that Watson and UT head coach Charlie Strong were going to meet early this week to decide on whether to offer another 2017 QB. Robinson is the only QB with a Texas offer in his class.

So far he has offers from Houston, Kansas, Rice, and SMU. He’d really like to add an offer to that list.

“It would mean a lot and it would boost my confidence up a lot,” he said. “It would make me feel like I am one of the best quarterbacks in the country.”

The 6-foot-2, 210-pound QB said that Oklahoma State is after him the hardest right now, and that he hopes the Cowboys offer soon.

“I am waiting on that Oklahoma State offer,” he said. “I will visit them soon I am just not sure right now. I have to go up to TCU this year too.”

Mascorro is the definitive definition of dual-threat. He has confidence in his abilities, but isn’t cocky. He’s more-so hungry to prove that 2A is simply a classification and that his skill set is made for any level of football.

He treads lightly when comparing himself to Marcus Mariotta, but he does see similarities there.

“When the pass is open I can throw it and when it isn’t I can run it,” he said. “So there is never going to be an interrupted play as long as I’m playing. I’ll make something out of nothing at all times.”

He’s made the most out of his opportunities so far. Doubting him would be a bad move.

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