2010 Quarterback Favors Texas

Nine months out from Signing Day the 2009 class is nearly complete, meaning 2010 recruiting is already ramping up for the Longhorns. When Texas held its spring game, most of the '09 commits were in Austin, as was a select group of high school sophomores. Among them was Klein quarterback Jamie Peebles, who has UT at the top of his list.

Jamie Peebles hasn't played a game for Klein yet, but the sophomore has already heard from several schools, including the Texas Longhorns.

Such is the nature of recruiting these days.

However, there's no doubting the promise the young quarterback holds and he's already begun to show it at his new school. He first attended St. Pius X High School in Houston before transferring to Klein this past school year.

"It's a big step up from private school," said Peebles. "It's a lot more intense, the practices and stuff like that."

The intensity has apparently not been been an issue for Peebles. He's now slated to be the starting quarterback and when the team first put on pads for spring practice, it looked like he'd been running the offense for years. In an inter-squad scrimmage, Peebles diced Klein's first team defense, going 10-for-12 and chipping in runs of 8 and 15 yards.

Peebles transferring to Klein also represents a change in style as the Bearkats have traditionally been a running team. This upcoming season they intend to air it our with their promising young quarterback at the helm.

The word on Peebles really got out, though, when he showed off his arm strength and accuracy at the National Underclassmen Combine for Southeast Texas, taking home quarterback MVP honors.

College teams, including Texas, have started to take notice. In March, UT Director of High School Relations Ken Rucker invited Peebles to be one of a select group of sophomores at the Longhorns' Orange-White Game. Peebles told Inside Texas he enjoyed the event immensely and was given a great deal of access, including going into the team's locker room after the game.

He also spent much of his time there hanging out with a couple of 2010 prospects who have older brothers on the team. Graham quarterback Case McCoy (younger brother of Colt) and Coppell wide receiver Jaxon Shipley (younger brother of Jordan) were at the game.

Texas is not the only school he's heard from, though. Although there are limitations on what he can receive, he's still getting letters from colleges who plan to keep an eye on him as his high school career develops.

"Since I'm only a sophomore, there's certain things I can't get, but I am getting a lot of invites to camps and stuff like that," said Peebles. "I got something from Louisville and Nebraska and a couple others. Then a lot of questionnaires."

One of the most common queries he and other prospects receive on a collegiate questionnaire deals with academics, but that hasn't been a problem for Peebles. He holds a 4.0 GPA on a five-point scale and has his classwork in order.

When it comes to selecting a college, Peebles told IT that he's willing to go "as far as it takes" to play Division I football, but he'd prefer to stay within the state of Texas.

"I'd definitely like to go to a state school," said Peebles. "Maybe even Texas Tech. They throw a lot. That's kind of nice."

However, if he could have his choice of any school in the country, where would he go?

"I'd say Texas," said Peebles.

It remains to be seen whether or not Peebles will get an offer from his top choice, but he's definitely a prospect to keep an eye on in recruiting for the Class of 2010.

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