AUSTIN — It all has to start somewhere. It’s a lot easier when it starts with a quarterback.
Lake Travis junior QB Hudson Card committed to Texas today, the Horns’ first verbal from the Class of 2020. Card was the first in-state quarterback offer from UT in the 2020 class, and it only took a month for Card to make the decision to become a Longhorn. Card received his offer on the night of the Orange-White Game.
Card played wide receiver for most of 2017 behind current Ohio State QB Matthew Baldwin. After Baldwin went down in the state semifinals, Card took over and almost lead the Cavaliers to a victory over Allen in the 6A DI State Finals.
He joins a QB room and an offense where athleticism is a must for the position. He recently posted a 4.79 40-yard dash and a 4.28 shuttle at the Dallas Opening regional. He also joins a program he’s been a fan of for a long time. Card holds offers from Alabama, Ohio State, Michigan, Oregon, Arkansas, and Mississippi State among others.
The Texas staff received its 2019 quarterback verbal, Roschon Johnson (Port Neches-Groves), last summer at the Stars at Night camp. So UT pushing for another early pledge from a signal-caller isn’t new to Tom Herman and company.
Lake Travis has a long history at quarterback spot. One of those QBs just won a Heisman and was the first overall pick of the NFL Draft. Another, Garrett Gilbert, started his career at Texas and eventually was part of a Super Bowl winning roster.
After Baldwin enrolled at Ohio State, the QB spot at Lake Travis became Card’s. In a few years, the QB spot at Texas might be his, too.
Excerpt from the Recruiting Notebook:
IT’s X’s & O’s guru Ian Boyd on how he fits at Texas: Card is an exceptional athlete. As a 6-foot-2 sophomore he posted a 4.28 shuttle and 35.8″ vertical at a recent SPARQ camp and had over 1k receiving yards as the No. 2 guy playing off Garrett Wilson while also moonlighting as the back-up QB with another 491 rushing and 597 passing. In other words, he’s a brilliant all around football player that could probably be great in a variety of different positions.
He’s harder to gauge at this point as a QB because he hasn’t played a season after focusing on that position yet and for what games he did play, such as the state final against Allen, he was only a sophomore. He definitely has the ability to throw a nice ball from the pocket or on the move but currently lacks the kind of arm strength that would make NFL scouts take notice. He’s deadly in Lake Travis’ option schemes and his abilities making reads as a passer will become much more evident after this coming season as “the guy” and then even more so in his senior year when Wilson is gone.