Stony Point's McKissic primed for a big year

2007 was a great year for Round Rock Stony Point quarterback Nyk McKissic. He scored several individual honors for his play on the field and helped the Tigers reach new heights with a 9-3 record and a district title. 2008 should be even bigger for the signal caller as the Tigers are talented once again all the while seeing is recruiting stock climb.

In any recruiting cycle Round Rock Stony Point quarterback Nyk McKissic would be considered a Division I caliber talent.

Although he has no official offers to date McKissic is about to see his recruiting stock soar as the dominoes have started to fall in recent weeks as it relates to quarterback recruiting in the Lone Star State.

While schools like Texas (Garrett Gilbert) and TCU (Casey Pachall) have long had pledges for their quarterbacks of the future there has been a recent run on passers in the state with fellow in-state schools Texas Tech (Jacob Karam) and SMU (Kyle Padron) also nabbing quarterback commits. Throw in the number of out of state schools such as LSU (Russell Shepard), Nebraska (Cody Green), and Tennessee (Bryce Petty) dipping into the Texas talent pool and therein lies the circumstances where an uncommitted quarterback in Texas becomes a hot commodity.

This is where McKissic's talents come into play as the 6-foot-1-inch 200-pounder is one of the best available quarterbacks on the market.

On the in-state front Baylor, Houston, Rice, and UTEP are all without a quarterback pledge and McKissic, a two-star prospect rated as the nation's No. 87 quarterback according to Scout.com, has the skill set that would fit any of those offenses. In 2007 McKissic enjoyed one of the best seasons among Central Texas quarterbacks as he threw for more than 2,000 yards and 16 touchdowns while completing more than 64 percent of his passes. McKissic also ran for more than 500 yards and eight touchdowns as a junior.

But even more than the individual numbers and honors, which included all-District and all-Central Texas honors from TexasPrepInsider.com, McKissic quarterbacked Stony Point to a district championship in a tough District 14-5A that included 2007 state finalist Pflugerville during a 9-3 season. The district championship and playoff berth were firsts for the school as was their first round playoff victory over Bryan while their nine wins marked the most single season victories in program history.

For the first time in school history the Tigers are dealing with high expectations but McKissic says that the Tigers put a lot of work of in during the offseason in order to prepare with being the hunted instead of the hunter. "During the spring I think everyone made an effort to get stronger," said McKissic, noting a few players that had added some bulk. "I've put on some pounds and Glasco Martin put on a lot of pounds. We just decided that we didn't want everyone to think last season was a fluke and it was just because we had a strong senior class. We have a lot of momentum from last season and we just want to keep that going."

Not only are the Tigers focusing on winning another district title and going further in the playoffs, but they have their eyes on a much bigger prize. "I know a lot of teams talk about it but our expectation is to win state," McKissic said. "We're going to focus on the ten games we have in front of us and try to win district and win football games. Once the playoffs roll around we want to win playoff games. We're planning on playing in December."

To get back to the playoffs the Tigers will once again have to run the gauntlet in a revamped district as the new 16-5A features 2007 playoff teams Leander and Round Rock. To give an idea of how tough the district is based on last season, Pflugerville had to get into the playoffs as the fourth place team by winning a tie-breaker on the final week of the season before they made their playoff run to the state title game.

"It's a tough district and it prepares us for the playoffs," said McKissic. "Top to bottom I think we have one of the toughest district's in Texas and that makes a better football team because you're not going to get any breaks."

One break McKissic is sure to get is in the recruiting game and as his stock continues to rise, several schools are taking notice of his talent as some schools see him as that valued quarterback commitment they desperately seek.

"A lot of schools are flirting with me right now," said McKissic, who noted that Baylor, Purdue, Vanderbilt, Rice, and SMU are schools that are pursuing him the most. "Hopefully that first offer will come. Hopefully the Lord will bless me."

One school that definitely has his attention is Baylor as the Bears have several factors working for them to land McKissic. Not only is one of McKissic's closest friends and Stony Point teammate Glasco Martin a current Baylor pledge, but McKissic's cousin Anthony Moore (a safety from Converse Judson) has a Baylor offer and is seriously considering the Bears.

"Baylor is definitely one of my top schools," said McKissic. "It would be an honor to play for Art Briles because he's a great coach and the offensive scheme is fantastic. It would be an honor to play for Baylor. That's the Big 12 and I'd get a great education."


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