Last week the Texas Longhorns earned the commitment of Brentwood School quarterback Cole Lourd. The Los Angeles quarterback is a three-star commit via the 247Sports Composite. He’s ranked as the 51st pro-style quarterback in the nation for his class and overall the 126th ranked recruit in the state of California.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Lourde unfortunately was unable to play football his senior season. Nonetheless, he was still able to accumulate offers from esteemed programs such as Florida Atlantic and LSU among others. With LSU seeming like a lock, Lourd instead decided to walk-on at Texas due to a last-ditch effort from head coach Steve Sarkisian.
“My recruiting process was a long and stressful one. Due to COVID's cancellation of the season, my recruitment slowed down last summer. Many of the schools that had already offered me already took their commit(s) and I was left unsure about where I was going to end up. It has been a dream of mine to play power-five football my entire life, and I was planning on waiting until National Signing Day to see if anything would happen late, as I had no power-five offers on the table,” Lourd said.
“As signing day got closer, LSU started to recruit me harder and harder. Then, 2 days before signing day, they offered. This offer meant the world to me and I was so fired up. My dad is an LSU alum and that’s where I thought I was going to sign on National Signing Day. JM Jones and Coach Milwee continued to recruit me very hard, but I didn’t know if I could pass up a full-ride scholarship,” Lourd added. That’s when Steve Sarkisian stepped in.
“Then, the night before signing day, I got a call from Coach Sark and had a great conversation with him. After this call, I was so conflicted between LSU and Texas. I woke up the next morning feeling the same way and decided I needed more time to decide. I continued to have great talks with both staff throughout National Signing Day. That night, my dad and I hopped on another call with Coach Sark where we had another great talk, and I started to feel like Texas was the right place for me. I took the night to sleep on it to make sure I wasn’t making a rushed decision. The next morning, I felt the same way and decided on Texas,” Lourd said. “It was difficult making those calls to the LSU staff, as I have built great relationships and have so much respect for the entire coaching staff. But, I felt like Texas was the best fit for me. Then, I hopped on FaceTime calls with Coach Sark, Coach Milwee, and JM Jones to let them know I’m committed. They were all fired up as was I. After that, I publicly announced and couldn’t be more excited to be a Texas Longhorn.”
While Lourd’s father may have been an LSU alum, he also has family ties to Texas. His brother is currently a student while both his grandfather and uncle were former Longhorns.
Lourd as a junior threw for 3,316 yards and 39 touchdowns in just 10 games. Lourd also ran for 213 yards and six more touchdowns. He’s a pure pocket-passer yet is more mobile than people think. Lourd, if given the opportunity, can be a great fit in Sarkisian’s offense.
“I am very excited to learn Coach Sark’s offense. What he did at Alabama last year was truly remarkable, and I have no doubt that he will put us in the best position to succeed. He is a proven quarterback developer and the opportunity to play under him was truly something I could not pass up,” Lourd explained.
Lourd unfortunately hasn’t played any actual game-time football since he was a junior. COVID-19 shut down football in California last year. Lourd however hasn’t let that deter him from being in shape for the 2021 football season at Texas.
“During this COVID period, I have been keeping my head down and staying hard at work on and off the field. I have been consistently working at the gym and have put some muscle on. I feel that I am throwing the ball better than I ever have. Overall I have really added a lot to my game since we’ve played last,” Lourd said.
Lourd will join Charles Wright as the only other quarterback commit for the 2021 class. Both Lourd and Wright will be in a quarterback room with Hudson Card and Casey Thompson for the upcoming season.
In his first year on the40 Acres, Lourd should serve as a perfect scout team guy to match the fast-paced offenses and mobile quarterbacks that the Big-12 possesses. Steve Sarkisian’s pursuit of him should tell you all you need to know about Cole Lourd. He’s a big quarterback with a great arm who can also run it when need be.
Texas is a better program today with the addition of Lourd and he wants all Texas fans to know a few things about him..
“Texas fans should know that this has been my dream since I was a young kid. I have grown up watching Texas football and attending games at DKR Memorial Stadium. It is a true honor and privilege to be in this position and I will work my tail off to give my best for this program. I am a student of the game, and there is nothing I would rather do than be on the football field. I can’t wait to get up to the 40 Acres, as I’m ready to get to work with the rest of my teammates and coaches.”