By BRAD KEITH
Photos by RUSSELL HUFFMAN
STEPHENVILLE (December 13, 2014) — Under Armour All-American quarterback Jarrett Stidham has decommitted from Texas Tech.
The five-star Stephenville prospect announced his decision on Twitter Saturday night. He did not indicate if he has selected another school.
“I want to say thank you to Texas Tech University for giving me the opportunity to play football and get a degree from there, but I have officially decided to decommit for various reasons. Thank you to everyone that has been involved,” reads the Tweet, posted at 8:30 p.m. Saturday.
Stidham verbally committed to Texas Tech on March 7. He completes high school next Friday with plans to participate in spring ball wherever he ultimately commits. Stidham is set to become the 10th Stephenville quarterback since 1990 to sign with a Division I program.
An Elite 11 alumnus, Stidham is rated as the nation’s No. 2 quarterback prospect by Scout and the No. 3 dual-threat quarterback by both ESPN and 24/7 Sports. Rivals lists him No. 4 among dual threats.
About 30 offers have been made to Stidham, most coming from the who’s who of college football, including College Football Playoff qualifiers Alabama, Oregon and Ohio State. Baylor and TCU have also offered, making it five of the top six in the final CFP rankings biding for his services.
Stidham was responsible for 50 touchdowns and just three turnovers this season, accounting for almost 4,000 yards of offense in just 11 games. One of those was cut short when he suffered a broken bone in his throwing hand on Stephenville’s opening possession at Big Spring on Oct. 24.
Initial reports suggested Stidham would miss at least 4-6 weeks following surgery on Oct. 27. But on November 21 against Lubbock Estacado, he did the unthinkable.
With Stephenville trailing 7-0 early on, Stidham came off the bench at Shotwell Stadium in Abilene and presumed to direct 10 consecutive touchdown drives in a wild 69-60 win. He passed for six scores and rushed for Stephenville’s final three TDs, matching current Texas State quarterback Tyler Jones’ record for most combined touchdowns in a game.
A week later, Stidham was responsible for seven touchdowns in a 59-32 rout of Big Spring in a Region I-4A Division I semifinal, avenging the 64-57 regular season loss on the night he was injured.
Stidham quarterbacked Stephenville to the state semifinals in 2013 after playing wide receiver for the 3A Division I champion Yellow Jackets in 2012. It was the school’s fifth state title and first since 1999.
Stidham will participate in the Under Armour All-America High School Football Game on Jan. 2 in St. Petersburg, Florida.