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Thursday, May 23, 2013
SEC school is 2015 QB's first offer

By Damon Sayles

TYLER, Texas -- There was no denying 2015 quarterback Blake Lynch (Troup, Texas/Troup) during Sunday’s East Texas Sports Network Combine. Despite having a stomach virus, Lynch not only competed in the combine but also left the APEC training facility with the quarterbacks MVP award.

It’s that level of determination -- in addition to his actual skill set on the football field -- that makes Lynch an interesting recruiting target. Wednesday evening, Lynch scored his first offer from Mississippi State, an offer many feel will be the first of many.

Not too many sophomore athletes -- sick or healthy -- can put up the combine numbers Lynch did Sunday. The 6-foot-3, 192-pound quarterback had the best 40-yard dash time (4.51 seconds), the most reps in the bench press (16) and the top broad jump (119 inches) of the quarterbacks in attendance.

“I was sick,” he said, “but I was coming to compete, do my best and show what I have.”

On Wednesday, all of the hard work and sacrifice paid off. Lynch had been hearing mostly from Mississippi State, Baylor and Texas Tech, and he said Mississippi State originally discussed offering him if he attended a camp. The Bulldogs, however, decided to speed up the process.

“It was just a matter of time,” Lynch said, “and Baylor said if everything keeps on going well, they’re going to offer me. Mississippi State and Baylor are my favorites right now, but I’m still keeping my options open.”

Lynch, who visited Mississippi State for a junior day in March, transitioned to playing quarterback full time after seeing some time at wide receiver as a freshman. Lynch was hoping to show -- despite playing for a Texas Class 2A school, one of Texas’ smallest classifications --he can compete with anyone in any classification.

“Playing receiver as a freshman really helped me,” he said. “I know all the routes. I know how deep [defenders] are, and I know how [receivers] come out their breaks. I also know how the DBs cover.

“Troup is a small school with not a lot of people. We’ve got about 400 kids in our school. I’ve just got to show up and show that I can play on the big stage.”

Lynch said he's being recruited by some schools as a quarterback and by others as a wide receiver. Mississippi State is willing to try him at quarterback. Bulldogs offensive coordinator Les Koenning, who also is the quarterbacks coach, is Lynch's primary recruiting contact.