John Tyler Quarterback Geovari McCollister Receives Central Arkansas Offer
Central Arkansas likes East Texas quarterbacks so much that it offered two on Wednesday.
John Tyler quarterback Geovari McCollister and head coach Ricklan Holmes both announced via their Twitter accounts the Bears have extended a scholarship to the Lions' offensive leader.
McCollister joins Longview's Dez Chumley as a signal caller Central Arkansas would like to bring up to Conway, Ark., for the 2015 football season and beyond.
John Tyler's quarterback will be a second-year starter in the Lions' program. He finished the 2013 campaign with 2,614yards and 22 touchdowns to six interceptions in an 11-game season.
There is a lot to like about McCollister's game.
He is 6-foot-3 and about 200 pounds, nearly an ideal height with some room to fill out and become even more durable.
Durability will be important because McCollister can move around the pocket and take off down the field when he can't find an open receiver. The John Tyler staff is teaching him to be more patient in the pocket as a senior, but mobility is never a bad thing. Especially with college offenses adopting more and more zone read, things the Lions and many other East Texas teams incorporate in their playbook.
McCollister throws a great ball with a lot of velocity and nice touch.
This is the quarterback's very first offer. He joins cornerback Ike Warren as a John Tyler senior player with FCS opportunities. Receiver Rodney Bendy has an offer from North Texas on the FBS level.
Lions' junior defensive tackle Braylon Jones has offers from Air Force and Navy to round out a nice mix of college-caliber athletes on the upcoming season's roster.
Central Arkansas plays in the Southland Conference and squares off against regional favorites in Stephen F. Austin, Sam Houston State, Lamar, Northwestern State as well as new conference members Abilene Christian and Houston Baptist among others.
The Bears finished 2013 with a 7-5 record and stood 4-3 in the Southland with a big win against then-No. 9 Sam Houston State in their final game.
Central Arkansas also provides its players the opportunity to battle FBS competition. It will take on Texas Tech in its season-opener and will play Oklahoma State in 2015.
McCollister will have until Feb. 4, 2015 to field more offers and sign with a college program.