JARRETT STIDHAM HAS YET TO EN- roll at Texas Tech University and he’s already helping its football program. But before he can officially become a Red
Raider, Stidham hopes to win another state title
at 4A Stephenville.
“I couldn’t be happier with my decision to
go to Tech, and now I’m helping them recruit
other players,” said Stidham, an Under Armour
All-American and four-star recruit according to
both Rivals and Scout.
But first, Stidham has some unfinished business at Stephenville, where he helped the Yellow
Jackets to the 2012 3A Division I championship
as a wide receiver. He moved to his natural position — quarterback — and led Stephenville to the
semifinals in 3A Division I last season.
Stidham passed for more than 2,600 yards
and rushed for 1,000, moving his way to the top
of the ESPN.com national list for dual-threat
quarterbacks. He raked in numerous postseason honors, including first-team recognition as
an athlete from The Old Coach.
“Jarrett is a very special young man in that he
is committed to putting in the work necessary to
make the very most of his God given ability,” said
Stephenville head coach Joe Gillespie. “Obvious-
ly he can make all the throws and is also a threat
with his legs, but what really sets him apart are
his intelligence and his leadership. He’s a high
IQ player, and when he’s on the field, he gets the
most out of the guys around him.”
Those are traits that earned him 22 major
college offers before selecting Texas Tech.
Included in the list were Texas, Baylor, Texas
A&M, TCU, Florida, Oregon and Alabama.
The recruiting attention came as no surprise,
as folks in Stephenville have been whispering
of Stidham’s eye-popping talent since he hit
the gridiron in the seventh grade. And he hasn’t
disappointed at a school that has already had
eight quarterbacks sign with Division I programs since 1993.
“It doesn’t matter what position you play,
when you’re in Stephenville there are high expec-
tations and the pressure to succeed,” Stidham
said. “I’m just proud to do my part to defend the
legacy we have at quarterback and the legacy of
success we have here in Stephenville.”
His smile broadens when the charismatic lead-
er of the Yellow Jackets discusses their offensive
potential in 2014. Stephenville has a host of skill
players returning, including sophomore running
back Kaegun Williams, who topped 1,600 rush-
ing yards as a freshman.
“We have had a great off-season with a lot of
guys stepping up,” Stidham said. “Offensively, I
think we’re going to be really hard to stop.”
Stidham plans to graduate early in December
and participate in 2015 spring ball at Texas
Tech. He hopes to be scheduling a return trip to
Stephenville to pick up a state championship ring.
“We had a great year last year, but it didn’t
end the way we wanted it to,” Stidham said.
“I think that’s just made us more hungry and
excited for this season.” – Brad Keith
ONE OF THE HOUSTON’ AREA’S BIG- gest terrors has been Katy’s Rodney Anderson who has ran through virtu- ally every team in his way since his
freshman year when he ran for 1,169 yards while
scoring 16 touchdowns.
Last year Anderson ran for 1,967 yards just
on 196 carries while also finding the end zone
a total of 34 times. Those stats were compiled
even though he missed two games due to injury. Anderson is entering his senior year smarting from a loss to Cedar Hill in the 5A division II
Anderson is seeking revenge in 2014 as he
hopes to go out on top in his high school career
as did former teammate Adam Taylor, who won
a state title in his final season in 2012.
Anderson has been working hard in order to
make sure he does just that.
“My other hand needs a ring,” he said. “I hope
to get one this season and I have been working
hard by adding strength and speed.”
Anderson was a long-time Texas A&M commit,
but re-opened his search and is now considering
Alabama, LSU, Oklahoma, and Texas A&M.
Anderson is known as power runner who
uses his 6-0, 205-pound frame to run through
would-be tacklers. Although Anderson is considered one of the top players in the state, durability has been an issue as he has been injured
during each of the last two seasons.
Injuries aside, one thing is for certain during
this upcoming football season – plenty of defensive coordinators in the Houston area will sleep
better knowing they only have to deal with Anderson for one more year. – Fletcher Whitely