Illinois State Offers Texas High’s Cade Pearson
As the summer approaches, Texas High 2017 quarterback Cade Pearson is beginning to pile up the college football opportunities.
Pearson (6-3, 193) announced a Division I FCS offer from Illinois State on Tuesday through his personal Twitter account.
The Tigers' signal-caller, who picked up his first FBS offer last week from Wyoming, also holds FCS offers from Incarnate Word, McNeese State, Northwestern State, and Stephen F. Austin.
Illinois State competes in the Missouri Valley Conference. The Redbirds are coached by Brock Spack, and are coming off a 10-3 campaign in 2015, which included a trip to the FCS quarterfinals.
Pearson is preparing for his third and final season as Texas High’s starter under center. He has guided the school to a 15-7 overall record, including two Class 5A Division I bi-district round playoff appearances and a shared District 15-5A title with Longview and Marshall last year.
The Tigers' standout produced nearly identical numbers as a sophomore and as a junior. He posted a two-to-one touchdowns to interceptions ratio and threw for a little more than 1,600 yards in both seasons.
Texas High’s new district will feature a shift mostly in name only following the University Interscholastic League’s biennial realignment process in February. Longview — which won at least a share of the District 15-5A title the past two seasons — jumped to Class 6A while Greenville, Hallsville, Marshall, Mount Pleasant, Pine Tree and Sulphur Springs remained alongside Texas High to make up the new District 16-5A.
Pearson, like all players that will be entering their senior year of high school, will become eligible to sign with any program that offers him on Feb 1., 2017.