April 21, 2011

East Texas History

SicEmSports.com Recruiting Editor

Jalen Overstreet never got a chance to meet his great uncle.

But the Tatum quarterback certainly knew of his history as an East Texas football great. Of course, the legendary David Overstreet starred as a running back at Big Sandy in the early 1970s and enjoyed a great career at Oklahoma before playing professionally until he lost his life in a car accident in 1984.

"He was my dad's uncle,'' Overstreet said. "Everything I heard about him was that he was a really great player.''

Now, it's third generation of Overstreet's turn to make his mark. Since Baylor recently went into the Class 2A program and found running back B.J. Allen, the Bears are taking another pass. The Bears are among three schools to offer the Eagles' quarterback. Although he is listed as an athlete, Overstreet said Texas Tech and Baylor are looking at him at quarterback. Missouri is still reviewing options. Arkansas appears to be showing some interest as well.

The framework is there at 6-2, 212 suggests the dilemma. While most schools want their quarterbacks to be taller, they also value the athleticism. Overstreet may have a chance to add an inch before it's over. Of course, his passing numbers suffered because Tatum featured such an explosive running game led by Allen. But confidence isn't a problem for Overstreet.

"Last year, we didn't have to throw as much but I think we will be throwing a lot this year,'' he said. "I want to play quarterback in college. I've worked with [legendary Texas high school coach] Sonny Detmer at some of the facilities around here. I think he's coming back this summer. I throw for about one hour with my teammates after school. We have some new receivers, so I'm trying to gel with them right now. The one thing I want to work on is being accurate at the end of a game.''

Overstreet said he feels pretty comfortable with the deep ball and the underneath routs. He admits he can do better with the quick out routs. Repetition will be important this spring and summer because there is always refinement with footwork, reading progressions. He said he and his teammates will try to organize a 7-on-7 team in the hopes of qualifying for the state tournament in July in College Station.

Baylor has the in because of the Allen connection. However, there is some work to do if the Bears are going to continue to make the push to land him.

"I like coach [Randy] Clements and got to know him pretty well when he was recruiting B.J.,'' Overstreet said. "He's laid back. It's really cool. Baylor is one of my top schools. But Tech has been recruiting me more and they've let me know they want me there. I haven't gotten a chance to visit any of these schools yet, but I want to do it this summer. I want to get that far in the process and make a decision in the summer.''

Overstreet is scheduled to take the ACT on June 11.

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