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Thursday, February 6, 2014
No. 1 2015 dual-threat QB names top 10

By Damon Sayles

The nation’s top-ranked dual-threat quarterback in the Class of 2015 has a top 10.

ESPN Junior 300 quarterback Jarrett Stidham (Stephenville, Texas/Stephenville) announced his early list via Twitter and confirmed the list via phone. Stidham’s list includes Texas A&M, Auburn, Alabama, Oregon, Michigan, Ohio State, Tennessee and Big 12 schools Baylor, Oklahoma and Texas Tech.

Ranked No. 24 in the ESPN Junior 300 and the No. 3 player in the state of Texas, Stidham said all 10 of the schools have a lot in common, but he is hoping to make spring visits to separate them.

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— Jarrett Stidham (@Jarrett_Stidham) February 7, 2014
“There’s a lot of things, good coaches, some of them I’ve been fortunate enough to meet in person,” Stidham said. “They all have great offenses, and they like to perfect what they do. I feel like it’s a really good list for me.

“There are some teams for me on the edge, but it was hard to put everyone on the top-10 list. It is what it is, I guess. I’m glad I’m now getting to the point of narrowing it down and focusing on these 10.”

Stidham, now 6-foot-4 and 190 pounds, said he’s looking to make an unofficial weekend visit to Texas A&M to visit his brother, an A&M student, this weekend. Stidham added that he is planning on checking out Texas Tech in a few weeks. Once spring break is here, Stidham said he will make other plans.

Stidham was at Baylor’s junior day the end of last month, and he’s also visited Alabama and Tennessee. He hopes to take a trip to Oregon in April, just in time for spring ball, and he wants to visit Auburn.

Stidham also said he will be at the Elite 11 regional competition on May 4 at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. It’ll be a chance for him to show that his No. 1 ranking -- something he tries not to think about regularly -- is warranted.

“It’s pretty cool having that title, but it’s really not that big of a deal to me,” Stidham said. “It’s an honor to have the title in front on my name, but I’m still just another football player trying to live out his dream. I know I’ve got to perform and get better every day just so I can keep it that way.”

Stidham finished his junior season with nearly 2,700 passing yards, 1,000 rushing yards and 46 combined touchdowns.