To say the past few A&M-Commerce Quarterbacks have had interesting roads to stardom and championships would be an understatement.
Deric Davis was arguably the best Quarterback in the State of Texas during his Senior year at Bowie High in Arlington. He was Texas State Offensive MVP and defeated power Southlake Carroll in a run to the State Semifinals. He was headed to Oregon, but a turn here and there led him to Trinity Valley Community College in Athens, and then to Commerce where he landed the starting job in 2012, and was an integral part of the program turnaround. He left Commerce with a Conference title, a Bowl Win, and a school rushing record, and two college degrees. He then goes first to the Arena Leagues and then dominates the Alberta Football League in Canada for the Fort McMurray Monarchs.
Tyrik Rollison was the superstar from a town 30 minutes down the road in Sulphur Springs, leading the Wildcats to a State title in 2009. He was an All-American and 4 star recruit to Auburn. Then, this guy named Cam Newton shows up and he transfers to Sam Houston. He hurts his knee, rehabs and then plays at Tyler Junior College and then lands in Commerce. He sets records for most passing yards in a season, wins a conference title, leads the nation his senior year in yards per game and total offense per game. Next up, the Arena Leagues where he was briefly the starter for the San Angelo Bandits.
Harrison Stewart was a California State Champion. He was also a scholarship player at the University of Nevada. He transfers when he realizes that running the pistol option is not really his strength. Grossmont JUCO in San Diego, then Chaffey JUCO in Rancho Cucamonga. He was going to give up Football before Colby Carthel called. He comes to Commerce and leaves as a two time conference title winner, an All-American, and is in the top three spots for categories related to passing. He almost makes it to the Canadian Football League after graduation.
Luis Perez was a quarterback all through junior high. He gets to high school and is told to play tight end and receiver. Giving the play to the quarterback and blocking was just not something he could see himself doing for 4 years, so he quits his sophomore year and becomes a bowler and really good one at that. Then, one night, he sees his friends playing their final home game and realizes he should be quarterback. He shows up at Southwestern College, moves up NINE spots on the depth chart, has a great 1 1/2 years before arriving at Commerce……and you know the story. Conference Champs, National Champs, All-American twice, every passing record broken and owned in addition to being the first Harlon Hill winner in school history. He could very well make the final roster cuts for the Los Angeles Rams after being signed by them 3 months ago.
Kane Wilson could very well be another interesting story.
Wilson, played his high school football for El Dorado in Orange County, California. The son of former NFL QB Dave Wilson, He was a big time player for the Golden Hawks, earning a scholarship to Utah State. He redshirted his freshman year and was looking at being the starting QB for the Aggies his RS-Freshman season. That changed when he was arrested for possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia and was dismissed from the team. He left school, and college football, though many felt he would return, and he did so this past season.
At 25 he enrolled at Fullerton College in Southern California and this past season, he took the role of Starting QB and led Fullerton by completing 104 passes out of 153 attempts for a 70 percent completion rate for 1,570 and 15 TD passes. Fullerton finished the season 13-0 with a Conference and National JUCO championship.
Now, he is in Commerce, and this could be a big, big deal.
It hard to imagine anyone duplicating, much less outdoing what Luis Perez, but the fact that you have a legitimate football player who just has an explosive athletic ability with the ability to command an offense with a strong arm, big physical presence and good decision making with the returning talent around him could mean…..back to back national champions?
He has everything you could want in a college QB. Strong arm, good running ability, moxie and swagger, good passer, accurate, and quick decision maker.
Link to JUCO Highlights-http://www.hudl.com/v/28NTqN
So, Maybe, back to back Harlon Hill Winners also?
Kane Wilson could very well write his own story the way our previous QB’s have.
Great High School Career-Check
Division I Material-Check
Location: Commerce, Texas-Check.
Now, lets sit back and enjoy the show. It should be a good one.