LEE’S SUMMIT. Mo. — Individuals dwelling in one metro group rejoice an area athlete who’s carried out properly.
TV screens round Lee’s Summit have been tuned to the AutoZone Liberty Bowl all Monday afternoon. Missouri (8-5) misplaced that postseason recreation, performed in Memphis, Tennessee, to Oklahoma State 38-33. Lee’s Summit High Faculty graduate Drew Lock performed his last school recreation towards the Cowboys, throwing for 373 yards and three touchdowns.
There`s a sense of family and pigskin satisfaction at many houses in Lee`s Summit. Lock knows these neighborhoods properly, they usually have fun him in return. Just ask Eric Thomas, who coached Lock as a Lee`s Summit Tiger again in 2014 when he gained the Simone Award as Kansas Metropolis`s greatest prep participant. Thomas took in the Liberty Bowl by way of tv display in his basement, watching his previous quarterback end a stellar school profession.
“I keep in mind going to observe him as an eighth grader at Lee’s Summit West, and going, ‘That is going to be pretty good and special,’ Thomas advised FOX 4 News.
The tall, robust gunslinger grew into Kansas City’s greatest player in 2014 with 28 touchdown passes as a senior, and later, Lock was arguably the highest expertise within the Southeastern Conference, setting a single-season report for TD passes in 2017, when, as a Mizzou Tiger, he wrote down forty four scoring strikes.
“It is also the subsequent step. The place’s he going to go from here? Seeing that journey unfold is nearly surreal. It’s virtually unbelievable that you simply see his identify in these mock drafts,” Thomas stated.
Numerous online mock drafts have Lock being chosen within the first spherical of April’s draft, which would internet him tens of millions as an NFL rookie. Thomas identified that Lock has already wrapped up his Bachelor’s diploma, having attended summer time courses to finish his undergraduate diploma early. Mizzou’s official web site lists Lock as majoring in parks, recreation and tourism.
Dalton Hill, a varsity quarterback at Missouri State, was Lock’s teammate for 2 years at Lee’s Summit High. Hill took over as Lee’s Summit QB after Lock left for Farot Subject in Columbia.
“I like to see Drew having all the success he’s had,” Hill stated on Monday. “When he’s obtained an arm like he does, it allows him to make riskier reads. He can by means of to much less open home windows just because he has the arm he does. I feel he’s blessed with a particular present like he does.”
Thomas says the aspect which may set Lock aside is his character. The coach stated Lock’s profitable angle tends to mild up a room, one aspect that may impress pro scouts, just as it has for individuals around his previous stomping grounds.