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May 18, 2004

Quarterback Drought Over; McCoy a Horn

Mack Brown and the Texas Longhorns have gone through two recruiting classes without signing a quarterback, so inking at least one signal caller for next year’s class was laid out as priority No. 1 by the UT head coach when he addressed the media back in February. In fact, Brown said, Texas would love to sign at least two top-notch passers to lend depth to a position that is currently in good hands with sophomore Vince Young, but has little in the way of youth that could fill out the depth chart.

On Saturday, Texas took its first steps towards achieving that goal of signing two quarterbacks when Jim Ned blue chip Colt McCoy pulled the trigger on a commitment to the Longhorns. McCoy, a 6-1, 180-pound standout who had narrowed his focus to Texas and Texas A&M, was thought by many insiders to be a strong Longhorn lean and a probably early commit and he decided the time was right to end the suspense.

As a junior, McCoy passed for 3,939 yards and 50 touchdowns while completing 64.1 percent of his pass attempts in earning first-team All-State honors. Because of his passing skills, McCoy is regarded on the surface by many to be a one-dimensional pocket passer. However, his 4.67 speed also make him a threat on the ground, where he rushed for 521 yards and nine scores last fall.

McCoy, who has been a regular visitor to Austin for Longhorn mini-camps, junior days and Texas home games, was one of the top quarterbacks at the Elite 11 Quarterback Regional Workout in College Station earlier this month. The son of Jim Ned head coach Brad McCoy, Colt reportedly flashed the textbook mechanics and footwork that had helped him pique the interest of both in-state and out-of-state colleges.

With McCoy’s commitment in the bag, the Longhorn staff can now take a deep breath in knowing that it has at least one talented quarterback ready to sign next February. But that doesn’t mean Texas is done at the position.

With guys like Ryan Perrilloux, Mark Sanchez and Todd Walker still on the board, the Horns will be aiming to bring in at least one more prospect.

“We’ve obviously got to sign two quarterbacks next year,” Brown said in February. “We don’t have any choice and that will be the number one priority next year and not only to get two good ones, but to get two that are as good as anybody in the country.”

Scouting Report on McCoy:

Physical stats: Tipped the scales at the Nike Training Camp in College Station at 6-1, 180 pounds. During the testing phase of the event, McCoy registered a 4.72 40-yard dash time, a 29.8 inch vertical leap, lifted 12 reps of 185 pounds on the bench press and sported a 4.85 short-shuttle time on a very wet surface. The shuttle time is not a good indicator of his true quickness because of the weather conditions. In fact, he posted a 4.22 in the short-shuttle at the same camp in 2003.

Strengths: In a down year at the quarterback position in the state of Texas, Colt McCoy is clearly one of the top available quarterback talents in the Lone Star State. The 6-1, 180-pound McCoy possesses solid arm strength and has shown the ability to make all of the throws that a quarterback at the next level has to make. He’s also a very polished kid when it comes to mechanics and footwork. It’s definitely easy to see that he’s a coach's son and has been around the game his entire life. In addition to his passing skills, McCoy is also an above-average athlete and shouldn’t be thought of as simply a classic drop-back thrower. Although he hasn’t played against elite competition, McCoy has displayed the ability to escape pressure from the pocket and create “off-schedule” plays with his arm and legs. Perhaps more important than his physical tools are the intangibles that McCoy brings to the table. A born leader, McCoy exudes confidence on the field and is the kind of player that makes everyone of his teammates a better player by simply being on the field with him. He definitely plays the game with a lot of moxie.

Weaknesses: Although he has a solid arm and is a very good athlete, he doesn't rate off the charts in either department. His level of competition is also a concern.

Check back later today, when we release exclusive Rivals.com video of the future Longhorn.

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