Kevin Fixler
    Sport Matters

26 November 2014

Mizzou football commit Drew Lock a rising QB star

Eric Thomas, head football coach at Lee’s Summit High School in Missouri, says he remembers the precise moment he thought quarterback Drew Lock might be something special.

It was during a preseason team camp heading into the 2010 season, under the lights of a college campus and Lock, not even yet a freshman, had the reins of the JV squad for the very first time and was marching the Tigers down the field. Thomas kept calling in the same run-oriented play, but instead his QB continued to go with option two and chuck it for positive gains. Finally at the goal line, a run seemed the natural choice, so Thomas pulled in his new signal-caller and suggested a hand-off. The young kid’s next move? Nod yes, but go throw a touchdown. “That was probably the first time we really realized the possibilities with him,” Thomas tells OZY.

Since that time, it’s been a rapid ascent for this baby-faced 18-year-old with shaggy brown hair and a Midwestern drawl, with his daring flashes of brilliance combined with a remarkable throwing arm. Obviously, it’s waaaay early to know who from the ranks of incoming first-year college folk will have a shot at NFL stardom, but this 6-foot-3, 205-pound stud has certainly attracted the attention of a lot of the experts. The clearest sign was how he spent this past summer, at a super-selective football camp in Oregon known as the Elite 11. You practically have to be heir to the Heisman to get in this all-quarterback retreat, which has hosted such Heisman Trophy winners as Matt Leinart, Troy Smith and Tim Tebow, as well as future NFL draft picks like Matthew Stafford and Andrew Luck.

Read the story exclusively at OZY.

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