A majority of the Dallas-area’s top Class of 2021 quarterbacks are headed out of Texas to play college football
Taylen Green was looking for a new place to call home to decide where to play college football.
The Lewisville quarterback was already ruled for Boise State before he officially signed on Wednesday morning in his high school auditorium.
Think of Green as an example of an early national signing day trend.
Green didn’t even get the chance to physically visit the state of Boise, let alone other options he had such as the state of San Diego. It was all about trusting yourself, your family, and fluent communication with a coaching staff checking your boxes.
“I wanted something that felt like family and home,” said Green. “And a coaching staff who value the same things that I do.”
Green, like many other high school quarterbacks in North Texas, opted for college outside of the state.
In fact, of the 11 quarterbacks in the Dallas Morning News’ Top 100 ranking, nine will attend extra-state schools. Only Eli Stowers of Denton Guyer and Preston Stone of Parish Episcopal stayed in Texas, Stowers went to Texas A&M, and Stone stayed with the SMU selection process.
Otherwise, the talent from North Texas spread across the country.
Tennessee picked up Kaidon Salter from Cedar Hill. Seth Henigan of Denton Ryan went with Memphis and Daniel Greek of Argyle Liberty Christian went with the state of Mississippi. DeSoto quarterback Samari Collier opted for Illinois and Flower Mound Marcus star Garrett Nussmeier signed with the multi-year powerhouse LSU.
Prosper’s Jackson Berry travels to southern Utah, while Fort Worth All Saints’s Hampton Fay chooses Michigan State and Frisco Independence’s Braylon Braxton chooses Tulsa.
The Army received two quarterbacks that didn’t make the top 100 news – Simeon Evans of Mansfield Timberview and Zach Mundell of Arlington Martin.
While not every quarterback may have been looking for the same things as Green, COVID-19 may have affected similarly the way quarterbacks leaving Texas made their decisions.
“It was difficult because we couldn’t make official visits,” said Green. “We did a couple of virtual visits to San Diego state and Boise state. It was a little weird, but communicating with the coaches was key. “
North Texas will have numerous gigs across the country in the coming years. Green and the others can continue to showcase the talent developed in the region at the Division I level of college football.
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