In tiny Troup, Texas sits perhaps one of the top players in the Lone Star State for the 2015 class; quarterback Blake Lynch.
The 6-foot-3, 190-pounder is already on the radar of several programs across the nation, and for good reason. In his first year under center for Troup, Lynch compiled 1,500 yards and led the Tigers to a 9-2 record and Class 2A Division I playoff appearance. Lynch was named offensive newcomer of the year in district 9-2A in 2012.
Lynch has already seen his recruitment take off despite still having nearly two years before he signs. Programs such as Mississippi State, Texas, Texas Tech, Oregon, Baylor, Texas A&M and TCU are among the schools showing early interest.
He could be very close to his first offer.
“Mississippi State said they were going to extend an offer when they come down to visit me or if they don’t do it now they’re going to do it early in my junior year,” Lynch said.
Despite being invited to attend the Dallas Elite 11 a few weeks ago, Lynch can see himself playing several positions at the next level.
“I think I’m more of a receiver type but Mississippi State is recruiting me at quarterback, I think Alabama likes me as a receiver or safety, Oregon is quarterback,” he said. “Most schools are looking at me at quarterback.”
Lynch has been invited to several spring games and already made visits to both Mississippi State and Texas. He’s deciding if he’ll attend Texas Tech or Alabama’s spring game this weekend.
“I’ve been invited to go down to Alabama, Mississippi State, Texas Tech and Texas,” he said. “I’ve been to Mississippi State and Texas. I got invited to both of the Alabama and Texas Tech spring games so I’m trying to decide which one I’m going to go to.”
Texas has offered several 2015 prospects already and Lynch attended the Longhorns spring game. As of right now, the Longhorns haven’t offered but they’re watching him closely.
“They said they were going to come down and visit me in the spring,” he said of Texas. “They said they like me a lot and they want to see my in some game situations.”
Although TCU has shown some interest through letters, he’s hoping that the interest picks up soon from the Horned Frogs. Proximity and playing style are two reasons he’d like to hear more from the Big 12 program.
“They’re close to where I live and I like the kind of offense they run,” he said. “They kind of run a hurry up style and stay in the spread a lot. I’ve seen some of their games.”
A&M is another program Lynch would like to hear more from because of a family connection. In the meantime, he’ll continue to put in the work to reach his goal.
“My mom graduated from A&M, so I’d say probably A&M,” he said. “It’s early right now, I’m just trying to work hard and get better; and then everything will come.”