LEAGUE CITY, Texas – While many of the top Class of 2014 quarterback prospects emerged as a sophomores, and even freshmen in a handful of cases, that hasn’t kept even more talented signal callers from jumping onto the radar this season during their junior year.
2014 QB Jarrett Hildreth is turning heads in the Houston area
One of those is Jarrett Hildreth (League City, Texas/Clear Creek). The 6-foot-3, 195-pound pro-style quarterback with a very quick arm and reactive feet and body movement played on the JV as a sophomore due to a senior starter for the Wildcats, but has quickly made a name for himself on Friday nights.
In his first varsity start, a 45-17 win over Missouri City Ridge Point, the “gym rat” completed 23-of-36 passes for 338 yards and a touchdown. He followed it up with 373 yards and two touchdowns on 24-of-36 in a 34-14 win over Kingwood, and another 217 yards and three scoring passes in the Wildcats most recent win, a 34-27 victory over Deer Park.
Hildreth has completed 65-of-102 passes for 928 yards and six touchdowns in three games this season. While known as a passer, it isn’t as if he lacks athleticism. He ran a 4.67 second forty-yard dash at TCU’s camp this summer.
“(The season) has gone pretty good, I guess,” Hildreth said Thursday. “I’m not sure we have played teams that were real good. Deer Park was pretty good, I guess, but our offense has played well. We’ve put up a lot of yards,”
With Hildreth just now playing his first games on the varsity level, he’s yet to pop up on the radar of college coaches. In the coming weeks and months, that is expected to change.
“I like the Big 12 school schools,” he said. “Pretty much all of those, I really like those. I haven’t really liked a single college all of my life. Oklahoma is pretty cool, Texas is alright, Texas Tech and Texas A&M too. I like Texas A&M a lot because they just moved to the SEC.”
Last summer, Hildreth took in a trio of one-day camps, but doesn’t think they are suited for a quarterback.
“I went to Houston, Texas Tech and TCU camps,” he said. “I don’t think camps are for quarterbacks. More for like linebackers and skill players – you can see their talent. Quarterbacks are more of a read position and things like that. It’s (one-day camps) all three step and five step drops and throwing to a little target. I didn’t think the camps were great for quarterbacks.”
Hildreth plays in a 100 percent shotgun, spread at Clear Creek, but says he is not limited to playing in a spread scheme at the next level.
“I like the spread, but I also like the pro-style,” he said. “I play in a spread, but I played under center growing up. I can do pro-style. Other than an offense like Oregon’s, I feel like I can fit in any scheme, and like both spread and pro-style schemes.”
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