Who is Alex Huston?
He is the quarterback of the undefeated Glendale (Mo.) Falcons. He set a national record for the fastest span for a varsity quarterback to pass for 10,000 yards. In 11 games, he has thrown for 5,799 yards and 73 touchdowns this season and broke his own single-game state record with 715 yards in Friday’s game against Ozark.
We haven’t heard from Huston about his memorable season or his memorable last season. Huston is a junior. Glendale coach Mike Mauk set a team rule: only seniors are allowed to give interviews.
With the prolific passer isolated by Glendale’s team rule, the Gannett partner Springfield News-Leader did the next best thing to get the story on mysterious No. 7.
In spite of his gargantuan collection of pass completions, yards and touchdowns, Huston doesn’t have a profile on the major recruiting websites like Rivals.com or 247sports.com. Because of this, we had some serious questions to ask about the high schooler who leads the nation in passing by more than 1,000 yards.
The first expert we consulted to scout Huston is a man with 35 years of experience coaching college football, with 22 of those years as a head coach. Former Northern Iowa, Kansas and Missouri State coach Terry Allen spent much of the fall season watching his son Alex play for Nixa. However, Allen went to two of Glendale’s Thursday night games.
Allen said he is impressed with a Glendale offense that scores an average of 53.5 points per game. He is impressed with Huston’s ability to scramble. Allen said mobility is necessary because of how Glendale’s offensive linemen are spread out.
“The big splits and escapability definitely give Alex something others don’t have,” Allen said.
The former University of Northern Iowa quarterback is also impressed by Huston’s arm strength. One drawback Huston may face in the recruiting game is his size, Allen said. Glendale’s roster lists Huston at 6-foot-1, 185 pounds.
“He’s probably 5-foot-11,” Allen said. “We had Cody Kirby at Missouri State. Cody could have played anywhere, but he was a 5-foot-11 kid, so no one recruited him. I hope that’s not the case for Alex.”
Kirby played for Missouri State from 2007 to 2010 and holds Bears career records for passes attempted (1,172), passes completed (690), passing yards (8,183), touchdown passes (47), and total offense (9,019 yards).
Camdenton’s Jeff Shore played for two state championship teams in high school and went on to the University of Arkansas and then Missouri State as a quarterback. Huston passed for 486 yards and seven touchdowns against the Lakers with Shore coaching his alma mater.
“He’s fantastic, he’s absolutely fantastic. The kid does a great job,” Shore said.
Shore had two key takeaways from coaching against Huston and the Falcons.
“Two things: No. 1 is he throws such a good ball. He can throw you open, if you have good coverage he can throw you open, that’s No. 1. The No. 2 thing is you can’t get to him very much. I was honestly pretty pleased with the couple of times we did get to him, because watching him on film, he is hard to sack,” Shore said.
Then it was time to talk to people who know Huston on and off the gridiron.
“I think (Huston) is a really good player and the best quarterback in the conference. It’s a lot of fun to play with him—one of my best friends, so it’s a lot of fun,” Montgomery said.
Montgomery added that Huston’s throwing power and accuracy increased between his sophomore and junior seasons.
“He’s getting a lot better in his accuracy and his interceptions are down. He throws it pretty hard, so it’s lots of practice catching it,” Montgomery said.
Finally, we talked to the coach of the Falcons, the architect of Glendale’s high-flying offense and the imposer of the “only seniors give interviews” rule. Coach Mauk noted that 10 other athletes help make Huston’s eye-popping passing stats happen.
“I think (Huston) is playing very well. I think his line is doing a good job protecting, his receivers are catching the ball. He’s playing within the realm of what we’ve asked him to do and what we expect him to do,” Mauk said.
Mauk’s coaching keeps Huston grounded from the attention his statistics receive from football fans.
“He’s very consistent. He consistently makes throws, makes plays. He spends a lot of time working to try to get better, but I think the biggest thing about him right now is he understands the role he plays in the success of our team,” Mauk said. “We can’t do it if we’re not all doing it together.”
While scholarship offers from all over the country don’t appear to be publicly known for Huston, offers are probably coming. Our chance to find out more about Huston as a college football prospect will come in August of 2017, when the Falcons will open training camp ahead of Huston’s senior year.
For now, Glendale’s focus is the 2016 Class 5 playoffs.