January 30, 2008

Friendswood signal caller on Tech's radar

When trying to describe what Texas Tech football is all about, there's a saying that comes to mind that goes something along the lines of, "At Texas Tech, we pass for a living, not for a hobby."

Thanks largely in part to Mike Leach's innovative pass-happy offense that is perennially one of the most explosive offenses in the country, Tech has had no trouble finding its share of quarterbacks who want to play for the Red Raiders. Though they might not always land the most highly touted signal callers, the Red Raiders usually get the guy that Leach feels will run his offense with the highest level of proficiency, and Leach's track record shows that he's got an eye for talent.

One of his targets for next year's class is Friendswood standout Jacob Karam. However, Tech is not the only school knocking on the junior's door.

"It's been a humbling experience, that's for sure," commented Karam. "I've got offers from Stanford and Arizona, but I've been getting recruited pretty hard by Oklahoma, LSU, and (Texas) Tech."

The talented passer, whose father attended LSU, says that he's still wide open at this point.

"Even though I followed LSU since I was little because of my dad, it won't play a big role in the process," he commented. "Ever since I started the recruiting process it's kind of leveled out a little bit. I mean, I'm certainly interested in LSU, but if they offered I wouldn't consider myself a lock or anything. I like all the schools I'm hearing from."

One of the reasons Karam is so highly sought after is his intelligence, which is attested to by the Stanford offer, but another reason several schools are after him is the surgeon-like precision with which he dissected defenses last season.

"We've run a spread type offense over the last few years, but next year we're going to run Texas Tech's offense," said Karam, who is considering graduating in December. "I think it's going to give us a lot of options and I think it will help me as a quarterback in terms of making quick reads and being more accurate and things like that."

As a matter of fact, if everything goes as Tech would like it to, Karam might not have to learn a new offense at all for the next few years, an idea that the likely four-star recruit sure doesn't mind.

"I like Texas Tech a lot for a ton of reasons," he offered. "It's in Texas, I have a cousin who goes there, and it's a great school. Plus, they throw the ball like 70 times a game, so as a quarterback, what's not to like about that? They're a program on the rise and they had an unbelievable season this year, so I'm definitely looking forward to hopefully visiting there either this spring or this summer."

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