After missing most of his junior season with a knee injury, Dickinson quarterback Brody Trahan didn't think he'd get any big-time football scholarship offers until after his return to the field this fall.
But after seeing him in a couple of passing camps, the Baylor Bears offered Trahan a scholarship. He committed to the Bears on Saturday.
"I was really surprised," Trahan said of the offer. "I didn't think I'd get offered this early. I'm pretty fired up about it, though. Now I can just concentrate on football and helping Dickinson win a state championship."
Trahan (6-0, 210) was the county's top performer until a torn knee ligament ended his junior season after just four games. He finished the year with 616 yards passing, 298 rushing and 11 total touchdowns.
For his career, Trahan has 2,784 yards passing, 1,186 rushing and 46 total touchdowns in 20 games.
"Going to Baylor is a huge deal to me," Trahan said. "They remind me a lot of when I started as a freshman here at Dickinson. I see this as a chance to be a part of building a bridge with that program. To be a part of something like that is special."
While Trahan has started at quarterback since his freshman year at Dickinson, he may not be a signal caller at the next level.
Baylor tried him out at defensive back for the second camp they invited Trahan to, and told him they were recruiting him as an athlete.
"I told them I would even play offensive line for them if they wanted," Trahan said jokingly. "I just want to be a part of what's going on there. I think they have a bright future."
Seven different schools sought Trahan, including UTEP, South Florida, Arizona, Colorado State, New Mexico State and Utah.
Trahan's older brother Beau is a member of the Baylor coaching staff as assistant director of football operations.
But Trahan said his brother's association had nothing to do with his offer.
"There are some people that might say I got this because of him," Trahan said. "But (Baylor head coach Art) Briles said they wouldn't do that. Scholarships are very important, and they wouldn't waste one on me just because my brother is there."
Trahan is the second Galveston County quarterback to commit to a Big 12 school. Friendswood quarterback Jacob Karam is heading to Texas Tech following his senior season this fall.
Trahan and Karam have had a friendly rivalry for the last six years.
"We've been going against each other since the seventh grade," Trahan said. "Jacob has a lot of class, and we're excited that the rivalry is going to continue in the Big 12."
With two seniors committed to play Big 12 football after this season (Dickinson offensive lineman Ivory Wade has committed to Texas A&M), Trahan said the Gators are starting to earn some respect.
"I think this might put Dickinson back on the map," Trahan said. "All we have to do is win some ball games. That would prove a lot of people wrong."
Joshua Buckley, Sports Editor, The Galveston County Daily News