Eli Stowers, Quarterback, Denton-Guyer
Denton-Guyer is a proven force on the Texas High School football scene and has been for some time. They’ll look to continue that trend in 2019. Under center for the Wildcats is Eli Stowers, an athletic and well-spoken young man who seems to have the makings of a big-time quarterback.
Jimbo Fisher must agree as well, as the Aggies are just one of eighteen schools to have offered him a scholarship. It is easy to see why so many schools are interested in Stowers. He unanimously won the District 5-6A Offensive Newcomer of the Year, completing over 50% of his passes and scrambling for over 1,100 yards. I got to watch Stowers on Friday and Saturday and loved what I saw.
First off, his athletic build is impressive. At 6’4” he is still able to move light on his feet and with speed. He will continue to put on weight and get stronger of course. Even now at 190 lbs, he has an excellent arm. The deep ball comes naturally to Stowers and he has no problem zipping one across the middle.
However, it seems that he understands his limits as well. Guyer’s first game on Saturday was a defensive battle that Guyer ended up dropping, but on no account of quarterback mistakes. Stowers did what he should have done to keep his Wildcats in the game, not forcing throws that were not there. This is typically the opposite of young QBs with above average arms. However, being too conservative with the ball can be an issue as well i.e. Kellen Mond and Dak Prescott.
I found Stowers to be accurate throwing the ball as well. 247sports only gave him a six out of ten in the accuracy category, but it looks like he’s developed since then. Often times, it was tight defense, not poor throws that led to incompletions. The question will be if he can translate that into the season. He threw just as many interceptions as touchdowns in his first season on varsity. In order to get that fifth star on his recruiting profile, he will have to get into the plus, something I know he is capable of doing.
He seems mature in conversation and on the field too. I was able to have a brief conversation with Eli. We talked about his recruiting process and a little bit of football too. He certainly does not sound like a kid who just finished his sophomore year of high school. He speaks like a mature kid who can command an offense.
While his game will continue to develop and his numbers improve, schools will be chomping at the bit for one of metroplex’s biggest talent. Denton-Guyer will be difficult to beat in the years to come with this guy slingin’ the rock.