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July 31, 2013The Texas Longhorns have already begun to prioritize quarterbacks in the 2015 recruiting class, with six scholarship offers having been extended. One of those top targets, Fort Bend Marshall dual-threat QB J.W. Ketchum was on the UT campus for the first ever Texas Stampede, and the Longhorns made quite an impression.
"Today was great. We actually went bowling with the coaches, we ate, they showed us videos and talked to us about NCAA rules and that type of stuff," Ketchum said after the event. "All in all, it was a great day and pretty fun. We got a lot of time, a lot of one-on-one time with the position coaches. We just had a lot of fun."
Ketchum said the visit helped UT's chances in its recruitment of him, and he placed Texas atop of an early three-horse race that includes the Longhorns, Texas A&M and Baylor.
"You can say that," Ketchum said when asked if UT was atop his list. "It seems like every time I come here, they're topping them on something different."
A versatile athlete who can do a lot of things on the football field, Ketchum is only interested in playing quarterback. Any school that talks to him about a different position is immediately scratched off his list. The Longhorn coaches have talked quarterback and quarterback only.
"As far as position, quarterback all the way," Ketchum said. "As far as my future here, they said I'm going to determine the height for that. They said to just keep doing what I'm doing."
And what did the Longhorn coaches tell Ketchum he could bring to their program?
"Basically, that spark they say they need. The same spark they saw in Vince (Young), I guess they see it in me and they feel I can bring it to their school, their program," Ketchum said.
The 6-1, 190-pound Ketchum plans to take the recruiting process at a slow pace and explore his options before making any decisions. The Longhorns should figure heavily into Ketchum's decision when he eventually gets to that point.
"The fan support and the atmosphere around Texas," Ketchum said when asked what stands out about the Longhorn program. "It's gorgeous around here. It's a great school. They have a lot of fan support for every sport. The education is great.
"I just like how they treat you. They treat you like family. They treat you great. They make you feel like you're at home. That's what I really like about (what goes on) in that facility."
When it does come time to sort through his options, Ketchum has a few areas that will factor into his thought process, starting with academics.
"Education starts off first - student athlete. After education, it comes to how a program works, how they look going towards education, and just basically the overall program," Ketchum said.
Ketchum ranks No. 22 on the 2015 Lone Star Recruiting Top 100.