What could have been? Dak Prescott explains how LSU overlooked him in recruiting
Long before Dak Prescott was the established starter for the Dallas Cowboys, he was an overlooked recruit who a couple of high-profile college programs looked past, or wanted to switch positions.
Before he went to Mississippi State, Prescott was passed over by Texas, and thought to be a tight end for LSU.
“Texas didn’t give me the time of the day, especially at the time. Texas was Texas, they were done recruiting by the time you’re a junior and if you weren’t that good by then, then, ‘Hey, sorry.’ So, they didn’t give me the time of the day,” he told Graham Bensinger, per 247Sports. “And then LSU, go to the camp going into my senior year, they turn me off. Go to another camp, I believe, again, ‘Hey, you want to come play tight end? You’re athletic, maybe we’ll offer you as a tight end.’ No, I’m gonna play quarterback. And then I go into my senior year, and have a really, really good year, and LSU tries to offer me at that point but I’m already committed to Mississippi State. I wanted to be a man of my word. I grew up a Texas fan, I didn’t grow up an LSU fan. So it was even better at that time to shut up all the LSU fans and kind of put in their faces, ‘I don’t want to play for y’all. I want to come back and beat y’all.’”
Looking back, Prescott was the No. 20 dual-threat quarterback and No. 601 player in the 247Sports Composite, Prescott was ranked as the 23rd-best player in the state of Louisiana. LSU took 16 other players in-state in that class, while Texas took David Ash as its quarterback in the class.
Prescott ultimately put up solid numbers in his first year as a starter at Mississippi State, and passed for 1,940 yards and 10 touchdowns with seven interceptions. He rushed for 829 yards and 13 more scores.