Texas Tech only has one quarterback as part of their 2009 recruiting class and his name is Jacob Karam. Karam is from Friendswood, Texas. He is a three-year starter for the Friendswood Mustangs, who reside just south of Houston.
Rivals.com has Karam listed at 6' 1" and 197 pounds. He has been timed running the forty-yard dash in 4.55 seconds. Rivals ranks him nationally as the 18th best dual threat quarterback.
I was able to catch last nights game against district 24-4A rival Santa Fe. Here is what stood out to me at the game.
Unofficially in the game against Santa Fe, I had Karam going 22 for 31 for 346 yards and 5 touchdown passes. He led his team to touchdown drives on their first four possessions in the first half. He did not play in the final quarter as Friendswood had built up a large lead.
On their first possession, Karam made an on-target swing pass to his tailback just before he was hit. He hit his back in stride which allowed for a 35 yard gain. If the ball had been thrown behind him or any later, the defense would have been able to stop him for a short gain.
During the second possession, Karam hit his favorite receiver Andre Gautreaux with a beautiful slant that went for a 34-yard touchdown. The pass was perfect and he hit the wide open receiver in stride.
In the second half Karam once again hit Gautreaux, this time on a deep post pattern that went for a 67 yard touchdown.
Karam was very calm in the pocket. Even though he has very good speed, he never took off just to run. He simply waited for his receivers to get open and then hit them. This is expected in Mike Leach's offense.
He's not afraid to throw the ball away. Twice he threw the ball out of bounds to avoid a possible sack, saving his team yardage and not forcing a throw into coverage.
He has a strong arm. He threw one pass in the second half that was in the air for 55 yards. The receiver went up high and caught it for a gain of 57 with the defender right on him.
His mechanics look very solid. He holds the ball high when he is in his drop and keeps it there until he releases the ball. His release is quick.
He was very accurate. I counted two easy drops, along with the two other throw-aways. He also threw a long hail-mary pass at the end of the first half that was batted down by the defense. The majority of his passes were on target and arrived in a nice spiral.
Friendswood won the game 45-19.
One special halftime note: The FHS band played a jazz version of the song, All Along the Watchtower. The musicianship was fine and they performed very well, but I must admit it was a bit bizarre. It would have been fantastic with a Ron Burgandy jazz flute solo.
One final note: Andre Gautreaux is a Division 1 level recruit. He looked very fast and has very nice hands. He also looked good on kick returns. He has interest from SMU, Houston, Rice, Tulane, Southern Miss, TCU and Vanderbilt. With his vertical, speed and hands I could see him having a very nice college career.
If you live in the Houston area and are a Texas Tech alum or fan, then get out and see Jacob Karam play. I believe you will be very impressed.
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