Before he started a game as a varsity quarterback, Stephenville (Texas) signal caller Jarrett Stidham established himself in the eyes of college coaches.
Baylor, Kentucky, Tennessee, Texas, Texas A&M, and Texas Tech extended early offers to the 6-foot-2, 190-pound standout, and he only enhanced his profile with a string of strong performances at camps and other events over the summer.
Friday night, Stidham took the field for his first varsity start at quarterback.
"It was good," Stidham said. "I was pretty excited for it and everything. It was good just to finally go out there and play."
On the night Stidham completed 15 of 28 passes for 163 yards and a touchdown, and rushed for another 82 yards, as he helped lead the way for a 17-16 Stephenville win over Monterey (Mexico) Prepa Tec.
The win over Prepa Tec avenged the only loss of Stephenville's 2012 State Championship season. In the previous match-up Stidham lined up at receiver, and over the course of the season recorded 50 receptions for 819 yards and 11 touchdowns. As he made his return to the quarterback position Friday night he did not take long to settle into the offense.
"Definitely throughout the first half I got pretty comfortable with everything, so it was good," Stidham said.
Stidham is currently "wide open" to the different college opportunities with recruiting picking up again on Sunday as coaches made contact via Twitter and Facebook.
He has yet to schedule unofficial visits for the fall, but he does plan to make his way to college campuses over the next few months.
"I plan to go to the Texas schools that are recruiting me, but I'm not sure when or what games," Stidham said. "But I'll definitely be going to some."
Stidham is currently ranked a 6.0, 4-star prospect by Rivals.com and was named to the 2015 Rivals250 to Watch list. In addition to his offers he has also attracted attention from the likes of Alabama, Oklahoma, Florida, and Oregon.