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Team: Refugio Bobcats
Gunslinger: Jaylon Mascorro
2014 stats and end result: 3,456 passing yards, 40 TDs, 2 INTs, 961 rushing yards, 6 TDs.
The Class 2A Refugio Bobcats have seen a pair of quarterbacks break Texas high school football records. Former three-year starter, Travis Quintanilla (Class of 2013), broke the single game passing touchdown record with 10 scores through the air, defeating their ill-fated opponent, Taft, 80-0.
The year before he rewrote the record books, he was voted MVP of the Class 2A Division II state title game. The score wasn’t as lopsided as his 10-touchdown performance, but he did lead the Bobcats past Cisco 36-35.
Quintanilla is now calling plays at Texas A&M Kingsville. The reason college coaches rarely sought after him was because of his 5-foot-10, 180-pound frame. However, Quintanilla isn’t the guy TexasHSFootball is ranking as the No. 5 gunslinger.
Quintanilla’s prodigy is a 6-foot-2, 205-pound soon-to-be junior who threw for an insane amount of yardage, and posted a 40:2 TD:INT ratio. His name is Jaylon Mascorro.
Like Quintanilla, Mascorro hasn’t been highly recruited either. However, his offer list is a little more enticing than Quintanilla’s was back when he was tossing touchdowns in Bobcat country.
Mascorro has now received offers from four schools, three of which are from the Lone Star State. Houston, Rice, SMU and Kansas see something in the Class of 2017 prospect. The four-star recruit is confident not cocky. He’ll let you know it too.
Don’t call me cocky because I’m not, I just have a lot of confidence in myself and my ability to make plays! ?
— Jaylon Mascorro⛽️ (@JAy_MaSCorRo02) July 12, 2015
Mascorro recently visited Texas to participate in Texas’s Elite Passing Academy. He surprised many down in the 40 acres with some pinpoint throws and his ability to move around in and outside of the pocket.
Although Texas’ staff could not recruit during the camp, he was pulled aside along with our No. 10 Gunslinger, Sam Ehlinger, to speak with Longhorns QB coach Shawn Watson.
Watson liked what he saw and even revealed to him that they would be recruiting him sooner rather than later.
“It was awesome,” Mascorro said to HornsSports of his experience at Texas’ Elite Passing Academy. “I’m performing better than ever, my confidence is out of the room right now.
If you check out his highlights, it’s obvious the young gunslinger has all the skills and more to play the quarterback position; no matter if he’s playing against 2A talent.
“I am very under the radar,” Mascorro told William Wilkerson of Scout.com. “They underrate me bad because I play 2A ball so they think it is way easier where I am playing compared to 4A, 5A, 6A.
“That’s why I want to go to camp with [five-star 2017 QB] Shawn Robinson (Denton Guyer). I want to go to camps with the best quarterbacks in the country so I can show them that I am just as good, if not better than them.”
Confidence is key for Mascorro. It surely has fared him well when tossing the pigskin and hitting pay dirt using his legs as well. He rushed for nearly a thousand yards last season and scored six times on the ground. TexasHSFootball believes he is the Lone Star State’s No. 5 Gunslinger because his ability to extend plays.
“When the pass is open I can throw it and when it isn’t I can run it,” he told Wilkerson. “So there is never going to be an interrupted play as long as I’m playing. I’ll make something out of nothing at all times.”
To see Gunslingers No. 10-No. 6, just click on the links below and stay tuned to find out who makes the top 3 Gunslingers in Texas:
No. 10 Gunslinger: Sam Ehlinger
No. 9 Gunslinger: Zach Smith
No. 8 Gunslinger: Shelton Eppler
No. 7 Gunslinger: Kellen Mond
No. 6 Gunslinger: Avery Davis