Texas gunslinger tripping to WSU

WITH SOLID MECHANICS, outstanding accuracy and a remarkable launch to his senior season, first-year starting quarterback Matt Faulkner of Flower Mound, Texas, has burst onto the recruiting radar. The 6-3, 185-pound field general is in frequent contact with coaches at Washington State and is all set for an official trip to Pullman next week.

This past spring, during the May evaluation period, Cougar coach Greg Peterson crisscrossed Texas and one of his stops was Faulkner's school, Marcus High, just outside of Dallas. After a hot start to the season, Faulkner and his coach fired off a highlight tape to Pullman.

Faulkner, who last season was the back up to Kevin Moore (now on scholarship at Tulane), does not yet hold a Cougar offer, but that could change -- he'll be on an official visit to Pullman next weekend when WSU plays Cal.

"Washington State told me they like my accuracy and quick release," said Faulkner. "And a few times we've run the hurry-up offense and they said whenever we did that, I took control of the field. I'm talking to Greg Peterson, the recruiting coordinator, and he said they want me to meet their quarterbacks coach before they make an offer."

Fresno State is another team interested in Faulkner. Bulldogs head coach Pat Hill told the lad that over his Bulldog tenure, Faulkner had the best mechanics "he'd seen recruiting a quarterback since he'd been there," said Faulkner. He's tentatively planning to trip to Fresno the week after WSU.

WAZZU AND FSU aren't the only schools who have taken notice, and the press coverage of Faulkner in the Texas dailies has gone big time. Arkansas and New Mexico are in the hunt. In fact, former UCLA head coach Bob Toledo, now offensive coordinator at New Mexico, called just this week to offer Faulkner a scholarship.

Faulkner also recently sent a tape to Oklahoma, and the Sooners could soon enter the picture as well.

WSU's Peterson, Faulkner said, is the one college coach he's talking to the most.

. "He seems like a very, very good guy," said Faulkner. "We've talked almost every day as I've called him -- and he's got his one (allowed) call during the week. He seems like a very sharp guy, Christian and just very nice, very respectful."

THROUGH FOUR GAMES, Faulkner leads the Texas 5A classification in passing, averaging nearly 350 yards per outing. He's already thrown for 1,381 yards, completing 116 of 162 passes (71.6 percent) with 14 TDs and five picks. Twice he's broken the school record for completions in a game.

FAULKNER'S STOCK HAS taken off at the same rate as his passing statistics. As the No. 2 QB at Marcus last season behind a seasoned veteran, he didn't get much chance to show off his arm. But when he did, he did it right, completing 14-of-19 passes for 222 yards and a touchdown.

Faulkner said staying somewhat close to Texas could play a factor in his decision, citing the ability to take a quick trip home for breaks. He also said with the recruiting process being so new, he doesn't know enough about any of the schools, and that things could change once he gets the lay of the land.

"I would like to have something of a Christian Faith in the coaches because that's what I have," said Faulkner. "And I know all three of those schools, Washington State, Fresno State and Oklahoma, I know they all three possess that just by talking to them. And, of course, I'd like for them to throw it."

FAULKNER CLOCKED A personal best of 4.65 in the 40 this summer but said he's more a pocket passer. Still, his offense includes some designed rollout passes and when the situation calls for it, he doesn't hesitate to makes plays with his feet when he's not showing off his quick release.

A very good student, Faulkner has achieved a qualifying score on the SAT, and is in fine shape academically.

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