June 19, 2007

Pachall raves about Longhorn after camp visit

With the Texas Longhorns choosing to pass on an elite-level quarterback prospect in the Class of 2008 after having signed four players at the position over the course of the last three recruiting classes, much has been made about the recruitment at the position for 2009.

While the names of Houston (Texas) Cy Springs star Russell Shepard and Austin (Texas) Lake Travis standout Garrett Gilbert are already household names to many, there are a new quarterback from the Class of 2009 that Longhorn fans need to memorize.

After spending last week in Austin for the Texas three-day camp, Brownwood (Texas) High junior Casey Pachall could very well be a name that will be in the mix for that coveted quarterback slot in the 2009 recruiting class.

"It was a really good camp, really good," Pachall said. "We did a lot of the same things that you would do in the one-day camp, except every day the coaches would make sure to make things fun by having games every day. We did a lot of drill work at the beginning of every day, but then we'd break down into groups and do one-on-one's."

According to Pachall, the time in Austin allowed the Texas coaching staff every opportunity to get to know the 6-4, 190-pound dual-threat prospect.

"When I first got there I spoke with Greg Davis and Mike Tolleson for a while," Pachall said. "We talked about everything. They asked about how we did at the Lake Travis (seven-on-seven) tournament. I met with Coach (Mack) Brown and the entire staff after that and we talked about the school and the program."

Obviously, the Longhorns have some big decisions in front of them, but there seems to be little doubt at this point that Pachall is very interested.

"Right now I would have to say that Texas is at the top of my list. They are my top school," Pachall said. "I love what they do on offense. It's similar to what we do at Brownwood."

As a sophomore last season, Pachall earned Co-Offensive Newcomer of the Year honors after passing for more than 2,000 yards and 12 touchdowns, while helping lead the Lions to the state quarterfinals.

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