JENNIFER FIERRO • PICAYUNE STAFF
LLANO — Several college football scouts have made their way to Llano High School with an interest in senior quarterback Layton Rabb.
Rabb has generated looks from Southern Methodist University, the University of Houston and the University of North Texas, said Yellowjackets head coach Craig Slaughter, who has visited with a representative from each one, sometimes twice.
Rabb also has been attending numerous day camps to give colleges a closer look, Slaughter said.
“Once you get in on the radar, it really heats up,” he said. “We’re waiting for the first offer come in.”
Slaughter is entering his second year at Llano. He brought a spread offense, which is known for short accurate passes, to a program that had been more known for running the Slot-T offense, a run-oriented system.
Last summer, Rabb was in a heated battle for the starting position with Rhett Brooks. But in the end, Rabb took over as the starting quarterback, and Brooks was inserted as the starting running back and safety.
So Rabb enters this year as the unquestioned starter. And at 6 feet 5 inches, his height has grabbed the attention of many.
“Layton made a lot of decisions and extended plays,” Slaughter said. “He’s such a tall kid, and he’s solid. The hardest thing for a defense to defend is the broken play. There’s nothing worse for a defense.”
But playing in Slaughter’s system doesn’t hurt.
“I hope it helps,” he said. “We definitely throw the ball. We’ll be more open with Layton this year. It helps because it’s a very pro-style offense. Layton’s arm is incredible. He can get any throw in that window.”
Rabb was clocked at 4.79 seconds in the 40-yard dash. Slaughter said the quarterback’s leadership and character complete the package.
The coach’s confidence in the player has grown, and he said Rabb will play a bigger role in 2013.
“One thing you want from your quarterback is to understand when the ball is supposed to come out,” he said. “Some sacks are the quarterback’s fault. They don’t want to quit on a play. Sometimes, the defense wins this play and go second and 10 instead of second and 17.”
The Yellowjackets open the season at Wimberley on Aug. 30.