August 11, 2011
Future Forecast: QB Richard Lagow
The University of Alabama found its quarterback in the 2012 class from the North Texas area, and the Crimson Tide may be looking in the same area for its 2013 signal caller.
Plano, Texas quarterback Richard Lagow has already received interest from a number of schools, including Georgia, Notre Dame, Oklahoma, Texas, Texas Tech and UCLA, but there's one school that stands out.
"If I had an offer from every school in the nation right now, I would choose Alabama," Lagow said.
At this point, Lagow is still waiting on his first offer because he has yet to start a game behind center for Plano High School, but that will change this season when the junior quarterback takes over the reigns.
Once the Lone Star prospect sees some action early in the season, he expects the offers to start coming his way.
"All of the coaches I've been talking to have said the same thing," Lagow said. "They'll get film from my first two or three (games), and if I play the way they think that I will, that they will offer me then. They can't really offer me without having been on the field."
If his play on the field this season earns him an offer from Alabama, it wouldn't take long for him to make a decision.
"If I perform well in the first few games and I get an offer from Alabama, I would probably go ahead and verbally commit there," Lagow said. "If they decide to bring in another quarterback, it would affect my decision, but I would verbally commit to Alabama right away, whenever I got it."
Lagow visited Tuscaloosa in July, the same time that UA's camp was wrapping up. The 6-foot-5, 195-pound quarterback spent time at the camp with the coaching staff and threw in front of them at the indoor practice facility on the final day.
"They said that they liked everything," Lagow said. "That was the first time that I had talked to any of them, and I liked them a lot. I had been to other colleges and everything, but Alabama was just way better than all of them. I loved it down there."
Crimson Tide head coach Nick Saban reiterated the same message that other schools have been telling Lagow when the two met.
"Coach Saban said that this year was going to be the first time that I have played in a significant varsity game because I didn't play last year," Lagow said. "He said that if all goes well in the first two or three games, there would probably be a spot for me at Alabama. That was pretty exciting."
On his visit to UA, Lagow also took a tour of the campus, the stadium and all of the facilities.
"The stadium was amazing," Lagow said. "It was overwhelmingly big. The campus and everything was nice. I like the academic hall with all of the tutors. All of the other colleges I've been to have one tutor for the whole team, and that's tough. At Alabama, they have one for every two kids, so that stood out a lot."
The Dallas-area product is currently working with local quarterbacks coach Kevin Murray, the same coach who tutored Alec Morris, the Crimson Tide's latest commitment.
Similar to Morris, Lagow is a typical pro-style, drop-back passer with a big arm who makes good decisions and has the ability to run when he has to.
"My strengths would probably be my arm strength and my decision-making," Lagow said. "I'm more of a pro-style quarterback. I'm not terribly slow. I can run when I need to, but I'm definitely more of a pocket passer that will drop back and make good decisions."
Reach Greg Ostendorf at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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