A second in-state quarterback now has an offer from the Texas Longhorns, as head coach Charlie Strong and his staff offered Lucas Lovejoy passer Bowman Sells on Wednesday:
Bowman Sells just picked up another offer! This one is from The University of Texas! @B1Sells5— Coach Priem (@coachryanpriem) February 18, 2015
The 6'3, 200-pounder is a consensus three-star prospect ranked as the No. 550 player overall, the No. 28 pro-style quarterback, and the No. 82 player in the state.
On the surface, offering a player ranked as a pro-style passer is a bit of a departure for Texas, which primarily targeted pure dual-threat passers recently.
Interest in Sells has come in a bit slowly, as he holds offers from Clemson, Iowa, Ohio State, and SMU, with most of his recent 247Sports Crystal Ball picks coming in for new head coach Chad Morris and the Mustangs:
At 3.9%, the interception rate for the southpaw was a bit high as a junior, but he completed more than 62% of his passes and threw for 3,008 yards with 35 touchdowns. Three years of starting experience in high school means that he has plenty of game reps, as well.
Possessing a quick and smooth delivery, Sells has good arm strength -- he can get velocity on the ball downfield while on the run even if he doesn't square up his hips. He's willing to take what the defense gives him and work underneath routes, but he was also able to get vertical as a junior because he averaged 10.6 yards per attempt, an extremely impressive number at any level.
With the Texas offense presumably moving towards more emphasis on the quarterback run game given the talent on campus and other recruiting decisions made by the staff at the position, it's no surprise to see that Sells has some mobility. Lovejoy used him on some quarterback draws and sweeps and his athleticism is above average, aided by his solid build.
Sells probably isn't the top target on the board for the Horns, an honor that would probably go to Maryland product Dwayne Haskins or in-state star Shane Buechele, but he's a solid option for Texas if the staff misses on other targets.