KATY, Texas – Katy, Texas, may be known for perennial powerhouse Katy High School but the area has plenty of talent at its other schools as well.
Quarterback Clay Holgorsen holds offers from Louisiana Tech and Troy.
Katy Taylor spent a rebuilding year this past season but expectations are high for the Mustangs this coming year. One of those reasons is the quarterback play.
Under center for the team is rising senior Clay Holgorsen, the nephew of West Virginia head coach Dana Holgorsen. The 6-foot, 185-pound three-star passer was a standout at the Dallas Elite 11 Camp this spring and, since that time, he has picked up his first pair of offers.
“I’ve received two offers,” Holgorsen said on Wednesday afternoon. “Troy offered me about two months ago and then Louisiana Tech offered me two days ago.
“Troy kind of came out of the blue. They came and watched me throw and said they liked me a lot and then a day later they offered me. Coach (Tony) Petersen from Louisiana Tech, we’ve got a good relationship going. We’ve been talking for a month or two and he came the other day to watch me throw and offered me.”
A few others schools could soon follow suit as well.
“Nobody has said specifically that they’re about to offer but I think some schools are close,” he said. “UTSA, I get that feeling with them. HBU and Stephen F. Austin, I think they’re close and they said they’re going to come back. The same with Utah, they’re supposed to come back.”
Holgorsen sees himself as a versatile quarterback.
“I think I’m a pocket passer,” he said. “I can move around in the pocket, keep my eyes downfield and make the throws. I can make people miss, though, and extend the play pretty well.”
Cullen Gillaspia has offers from Air Force, Harvard and Yale.
Holgorsen will be busy this summer making the camp circuit.
“I think I’m going to five or six (camps) the first week of summer,” he said, “and then a bunch of other ones throughout the summer. We’re going to San Marcos and Troy. We’re doing the satellite ones for UTSA and North Texas and then we’re going to La Tech too.”
As far as favorites, Holgorsen says he has grown up a fan of a few schools.
“I grew up a fan of a lot places because my uncle has coached a lot of places,” he said. “I’ve been a Texas Tech fan my whole life and I’ve also been an Iowa State fan my whole life. I also like Oklahoma State and of course West Virginia.
“I’d love to receive [offers] from Iowa State and Texas A&M – same with Oklahoma State.”
Another 2014 with offers
Holgorsen is not the only current junior at Taylor to have been offered. Linebacker Cullen Gillaspia plays a little bit of everything on defense for the Mustangs and a few programs have taken notice.
“Yale, Harvard and Air Force Academy have offered me so far,” the 6-foot-1, 205-pound defender said. “Harvard was the first one to come in. I was a little bit surprised because I hadn’t heard too much from them but that was a big honor.
“The Naval Academy is showing me a lot of attention. Rice is a bit and I’ve also talked to Northwestern.”
Gillaspia is not quite sure about the possibility of playing for a service academy but he is definitely open to the Ivy League schools.
“I’m honestly not sure yet,” he said of playing for Air Force, Navy or West Point. “I’ve never actually been up there (to the Ivy League schools) but that’s an education you can’t pass up. I’m definitely interested.”
However, it is a pair of in-state schools from which Gillaspia would like to hear more.
“I’d like to hear from Texas or Texas State,” he said. “I like those two schools.”
Like Holgorsen, Gillaspia has plans to make the camp rounds this summer as well.
“I’m going to a lot of camps this summer,” he said. “I know I’m going up to the East Coast to go to Harvard and Yale and I think maybe Dartmouth and Penn. I’m going to Texas State camp and OU’s camp. I talked to the OU coach and he wanted me to come to camp.”
Pair of big sophomores
Holgorsen should have quite a bit of time to throw in the pocket this year with a pair of big class of 2015 offensive tackles serving as bookends on the line.
Kregg Lemons is 6-foot-4 and 270 pounds and the sophomore says he has grown up a fan of Texas A&M. He could possibly move inside at the next level.
Manning the other side of the line is fellow sophomore Zach Lucas. The 6-foot-5, 265-pound tackle has grown up a fan of Alabama.