Zach Gentry On His Decision to Join Texas

Head coach Charlie Strong and quarterbacks coach Shawn Watson are very familiar with what QB Zach Gentry brings to an offense. They saw first-hand what Gentry can do when he attended a quarterback camp at Louisville last summer.

Zach Gentry is a four-star signal caller from Albuquerque (NM) Eldorado High School. The standout quarterback stands 6-foot-6, 232-pounds. He is very athletic - not for a guy with his size - but for any size. He has a short, compact delivery and can make every throw. But he can also make plays with his feet.

He's a player who impresses other recruits and could help sway some of the other 2015 targets on Texas' list. In short, Gentry is a potential game changer for Texas at the most critical position on the field. And now he's committed to being part of the Longhorn Nation.

Gentry has offers from Alabama, Arkansas, Maryland, Nebraska and just about every other major program in America.

One of the most impressive things about Gentry is not that he can make all the throws but that he makes them look easy. He makes the game seem effortless and is comfortable throwing on the run from either direction.

He is a 6-foot-6 quarterback who moves around like he's 6-foot-2 and will have a chance to compete for the starting job from the day he steps foot on campus.

"They offered me a couple of months ago," Zach Gentry said. "I was very excited about that. They traveled from Louisville to Texas and for them to still think about me was a big deal. I wanted to check Texas out and reconnect with the staff and how Coach Watson deals with his players.

"And I fell in love with the campus, the facilities and everything about Texas. We kept the conversations going from that point on about twice a week or so. I had a great feeling about Texas ever since that visit."

Gentry is down to earth and hasn't gotten carried away with being one of the nation's top QB prospects.

"A lot of the process has not hit me yet - even the offers," Gentry said. "But I think that's good, because it has helped me maintain a level head.

"Being a quarterback at Texas is a big deal. I think it will hit me at some point, but it hasn't yet."

Gentry and his family are very close, and this was a family decision they are all proud of. It will allow Gentry to focus on trying to win a state championship during his senior season.

"It's nice to get the weight off my shoulders," Gentry said. "I don't feel I rushed it. I made the best decision and feel great about it.

"It makes me feel that much better to get it out of the way and feel great about it. I can focus on my senior season and winning a state title and my family now knows the plan."

When Gentry spoke to Texas head coach Charlie Strong, Gentry said he could hear Strong's excitement about his commitment.

"He was very excited, very elated - him and Coach Watson both," Gentry said. "Coach Strong was very happy and told me I was their guy. Texas is on the rise, and I am going to help them change the program. It was nice to hear that from the head guy."