COLLEGE STATION, Texas -- With a gold medal around his neck and a smile on his face, 6-foot-6 Plano (Texas) High School quarterback Richard Lagow stood taller -- literally and figuratively -- than the rest in the Texas Division I state 7-on-7 championships at Texas A&M.
Lagow, a Connecticut commitment, led the Wildcats to the state title with a 45-28 win over Manvel, Texas -- a squad loaded with elite college prospects.
"We were playing with a chip on our shoulder," said Lagow, who was named the tournament's MVP. "We know we were flying under the radar. We barely qualified [for the state tournament] in the last [qualifying] tournament of the year. We believed we could win state. We came out here and proved that by playing with that chip on our shoulder."
The 220-pound 2013 quarterback said Friday that he's "100 percent with UConn," though he has picked up a second offer, from North Texas, and has been hearing from Clemson and Colorado State.
"I'm so excited about them," Lagow said of the Huskies. "I'm trying to find a way to get up there for a visit before the season starts."
With his accurate passing, capable arm strength and on-field leadership, Lagow led the Wildcats to an 8-0 record in the two-day tournament and raised a lot of eyebrows in the process. For him, it was a confidence-builder for himself and his team heading into the fall.
"It's really just confidence," Lagow said. "Obviously, during the season, it's a completely different game. We're confident that we can do the same thing that we just did during the season, but it's a whole different animal. It definitely gives us a lot of confidence."
While Lagow earned MVP honors, the all-tournament team included Lagow's teammate, Plano receiver Christian Hutzler, Tyus Bowser (Tyler, Texas/John Tyler), Tre Johnson (San Antonio/O'Connor), Victor Davis (Rosenberg, Texas/Terry), Marcel Ateman (Wylie, Texas/Wylie East), and Manvel, Texas/Manvel teammates Shane McCarley and Carlos Thompson.