One day after National Signing Day concluded, the Texas Longhorns added yet another preferred walk-on thanks to head coach Steve Sarkisian’s efforts. Quarterback Cole Lourd (Brentwood School, Los Angeles, CA) will walk-on at Texas, joining a 2021 recruiting class that is ranked 17th in the nation via the 247Sports Composite.
Lourd is a three-star commit via those same rankings. He’s ranked as the 51st best pro-style quarterback nationally in his class and overall the 126th ranked recruit in the state of California. Lourd will join fellow three-star quarterback Charles Wright as the only other quarterback commit the 2021 class.
While Lourd wasn’t able to play high school football this past season due to the COVID-19 pandemic, he still accumulated a wealth of offers from esteemed programs. That list includes Florida Atlantic, LSU, and Ole Miss among others. LSU seemed to be a sure thing until Sarkisian made a last-ditch effort and much to his avail, it paid off.
Lourd has family ties with the University of Texas as his brother is currently a student and his grandfather and uncle are both former Longhorns players.
In his junior season, Lourd threw for 3,316 yards and 39 touchdowns in just 10 games. He also ran for another 213 yards and six touchdowns on the year. Lourd is a talent with a high ceiling who offers incredible depth to the quarterback room in Texas.
Name: Cole Lourd
School: Brentwood School
City, State: Los Angeles, CA
Three Best Traits
Down Field Accuracy - First and foremost, Lourd is a pocket-passer. He has a great ability to sling the ball downfield with beautiful touch and accuracy. On film Brentwood runs a spread offense that allows Lourd to do what he does best. He's a highly gifted passer of the football. In terms of deep routes, he’s elite at delivering the ball to where it needs to go.
Good Size - Lourd currently stands at 6’2 and is 220-pounds. He’s a big, thick kid who can move, thus making him hard to bring down in the backfield. At 6’2 he has the optimal height to stand in the pocket when needed and deliver strikes all over the field.
Mobility - Lourd ran for over 200 yards and six touchdowns as a junior. He’s a pro-style pocket passer first but he has great pocket awareness and can slip out of the grasp of defenders with ease. When he has to run, he can burn you and make you look silly for thinking that he can’t run. He has the perfect amount of athleticism to be successful in today’s age of football.
Areas for Improvement
Rust - Lourd hasn’t played in-game action since the 2019 season. This isn’t his fault as the COVID-19 pandemic made playing football in California impossible. There’s no doubt that he’s been practicing but in terms of actual on-the-field football, he’s got to be a little rusty.
Throwing into Tight Windows - A lot of the time, Lourd’s receivers were running wide open all over the field. Thus, the throws he was making weren’t crazy impressive. He has a great ability to throw on the run, but if there is something I would like to see more of, it’s him fitting the ball into tight windows.
Lourd is an excellent passer who is a great QB PWO pickup for the class of 2021. He’s a tall, thick, mobile pocket passer with a great arm and great mechanics. Lourd is a guy who instantly makes Texas better as he will add great depth to an already amazing quarterback room at Texas. He’s a little rusty due to him not playing for a year, but he should help out a lot once he’s back in the groove of things.
Lourd along with Charles Wright will join Hudson Card and Casey Thompson in the quarterback room at Texas. He and Wright will fill the void left by Ja’Quinden Jackson and Jalen Milroe who transferred to Utah and flipped to Alabama respectively. He and Wright will serve as great scout team guys early on for Card and Thompson. Lourd is a guy who if he does see the field, will have everything you want from a quarterback prospect. Physically he can impose his will while also delivering darts anywhere on the field.