COLLEGE STATION, Texas – The way Christian Hutzler (Plano, Texas/Plano) played in the finals of Saturday’s Texas State 7-on-7 Championships, it was easy to forget that he just finished up his freshman season weeks ago.
Hutzler caught two touchdown passes and an extra-point attempt as Plano defeated Manvel (Texas) 45-28 in the Division I championship game. The 2015 athlete, who was a backup quarterback to Connecticut commit Richard Lagow, lined up at receiver and frustrated Manvel defenders with crisp route-running and nice catches.
“I hope this gets me noticed a lot,” Hutzler said. “I was able to make some plays in the championship game. I hope a couple recruiters will see that, and I hope I get some more looks.”
As a quarterback, Hutzler already has the attention of college coaches. He has the size at 6-foot-3 and 190 pounds, and although he didn’t play much, he did receive some minutes under center as a freshman – something that’s rare at Plano.
Hutzler played the first three games on varsity then was bumped down to junior varsity duties for the start of district play. He was moved back to varsity toward the end of the season. Hutzler said he has received correspondence from several BCS schools, including UCLA, Florida State, Kansas, Rice, North Carolina and Iowa.
Hutzler has an athletic pedigree. His father Chris played basketball at Kansas Wesleyan. Hutzler is focused on a successful career as a high school quarterback. With Lagow expected to run the show under center in 2012, Hutzler said he doesn’t mind waiting his turn.
“I’m trying to be a quarterback for sure,” Hutzler said. “This year, I’m going to be behind Richard, so I’ll play receiver if that means getting on the field.”