- Damon Sayles, RecruitingNation
GARLAND, Texas -- Kent Myers (Sachse, Texas/Sachse) isn’t a character created for the latest Madden or NCAA Football video game -- but his followers are hoping he continues putting up those kinds of numbers.
To say that Myers, a rapidly rising 2014 quarterback, has written his ticket in the last three weeks is a major understatement. Thursday’s performance happened to be the best of the season -- for any high school quarterback -- as he led his team to a 69-49 win against Grapevine, Texas.
Myers completed 23 of 36 passes for 434 yards and six touchdowns. He also rushed 16 times for 117 yards and three touchdowns. That's nine touchdowns combined. Of Sachse’s 601 total yards Thursday, Myers remarkably made up for 92 percent of the offense.
“I just hope this helps me,” Myers said, referring to a spike in his recruiting.
Because of his baseball background -- he’s a standout shortstop for the school -- and the lack of film currently available, Myers is still a relative unknown on the recruiting trail. However, Myers said he’s received early correspondence from LSU and Texas Tech. He’s hoping to have a season that will equate to multiple offers soon.
After compiling 267 total yards and three touchdowns in his first start on Aug. 31, Myers returned to the field the following week and not only throw for 307 yards and three touchdowns but also rush for 195 yards and three touchdowns.
With Myers as the starting quarterback, Sachse’s offense is averaging 56.7 points per game. Pretty impressive for a player who didn’t go through spring workouts because of baseball.
“He’s growing every snap,” Sachse coach Mark “Red” Behrens said. “He’s a big baseball guy, so every snap he gets, he’s going to get better. To be honest, I think he’s a little farther than I thought he’d be by Game 3.
“He’s competitive, and I think there’s more in the tank. I’m excited for that reason.”
So far, Myers has completed 57 of 88 passes (64.8 percent) for 931 yards and 11 touchdowns this season. The telling statistic may be his interceptions total -- zero. Myers additionally has rushed 48 times for 389 yards (8.1 yards per carry) and seven touchdowns.
In the Grapevine game, Myers had numbers at halftime that some quarterbacks don’t get in two games -- 264 passing yards, four passing touchdowns and one rushing touchdown. A player quick to give credit to his teammates, Myers called the performance his “best game ever.”
The social media world took notice of Thursday’s performance, and Myers began to garner all kinds of attention. If things go his way, some of that attention will come from FBS coaches looking for either a dual-threat quarterback or an athlete.
“I’m underrated right now, so I’ve got to keep fighting to the top,” Myers said. “I’ve got to show what I can do. I know what I can do; I’ve just got to perform.
“People think I can just run, but I’m showing I have an arm, too. I can be a dual-threat quarterback. I’m feeling more and more comfortable out there.”
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