Lone Star's "Piano Man" pulls first Power 5 offer
After leading his school to its second-ever state semifinal, Frisco Lone Star QB Garrett Rangel reeled in his first Power 5 offer.
The District Newcomer of the Year threw for over 4,500 yards and 50 TDs and took down Highland Park in the postseason. The Scots had won three straight Class 5A state titles.
"It was a wild ride last year," he said. "It was a brotherhood from spring drills to fall camp to the playoffs. We didn't reach our ultimate goal, so we are going to be back for redemption next year."
The Class of 2022 star pulled his first Big 12 offer from Oklahoma State last week. He also has offers from Nevada and Missouri State.
"My family and I were so pumped when we got the news," he said. "It was a reward for all the hard work I've put in, but I'm ready to work even harder moving forward."
Entering the season, Rangel wasn't named the starter until the first game of the year. Tomball Memorial's senior Chandler Galban had transferred into Lone Star's QB room before spring ball.
"We had some QB battles throughout the spring and summer," he said. "It made me better. There's going to be competition where ever you play. Your are always fighting for that No. 1 spot especially at QB. I've just gotten used to it."
Before there was football by the age of five, there was another hobby which has been a common thread inside of his home.
"When I was like two-years old, I walked into my room and there was a piano," he said. "It's always been my life. I play a lot of classical jazz and I just learned to play Bohemian Rhapsody (Queen). I'm working on Piano Man (Billy Joel) now.
"My parents have always played old stuff from the 60s, 70s and 80s," he laughed. "Like, my hype song is probably something from the 1980s."
The "Piano Man" is working on his timing and footwork in the off-time and says his strengths are "understanding route concepts and attacking defensive coverages."
From a military family, he's the first in his family to play college sports.
"I'm really looking for a school that will fulfill my academic needs," he said. "The social aspect is important to me. I want to be a part of a football family. Finally, a place that can develop my attributes over four years is also key."
For now, Rangel has unfinished business at Lone Star entering his junior year.
"Our expectation is state," he said. "We have to stay focused and not let the lights get too big. We have some younger players that don't have varsity experience so I feel like there will be a lot riding on my shoulders. I like that."