For Southlake (Texas) Carroll High School, it would be hard to ask for a better season in 2004. The Dragons (15-0) and coach Todd Dodge took home the Class 5A Division II after a very successful season.
It would be hard to argue that a big reason for that success was quarterback Chase Daniel who threw for over 4,000 yards this season. Daniel will be taking his talents to join Missouri Tigers, so who will fill the Carroll vacancy?
That's where 6-foot-3, 205 pound quarterback Greg McElroy comes in according to Dodge.
"He's a strong armed kid and over the last 16 month period, he is the most improved player on our team at any position," Dodge said about his quarterback. "Greg has delved into our quarterback training program and worked himself into a viable college prospect."
According to Dodge, who is known for molding young men into college prospects, what makes McElroy special at first glance is his frame.
"Well, he looks the part more than any other quarterback I've had in the last two years," Dodge said. "Those other two ended up being the top player in (Class) 5A. So, he has what coaches are looking for and he will get a chance to display that in our offense."
McElroy backed up the talented starter Daniel this past year as the Dragons went undefeated. Coach Dodge says that is because he tried to limit contact on his starter,
McElroy has picked up great experience.
"Last spring I held Chase out of a lot of contact and so we put Greg in on a lot of reps with the first team," Dodge said. "That time was really important for his level of experience."
As for whoever wins out the starting job next fall, Dodge says that quarterback will have some pretty talented targets with Carroll's returning receiver corps.
"McKay Jacobson and Clint Renfro are coming back so our biggest strength is our returning receivers," Dodge said. "McKay is our top prospect and a three-year starter. Both of those two can really, really run."
But still it's McElroy that has a lot of people taking a long look there at Southlake Carroll. He was an EA Sports Elite 11 ball boy last year, an honor that usually goes to one of the nation's top underclass quarterbacks. In limited action the college coaches are liking what they're seeing.
Texas Tech, Stanford, Oklahoma, LSU, Florida State and Auburn are the top teams pursuing him at this point, but he is yet to pick up his first scholarship offer.