It’s been a big summer for Lee’s Summit senior Drew Lock.
Lock, a first-team All-Metro quarterback and second-team All-Metro basketball player, committed to Missouri’s football team in the spring.
During early July, he created quite a splash at the Elite 11 quarterback camp in Beaverton, Ore., where Lock drew rave reviews for his performance among 19 of the nation’s top quarterbacks. (Even Johnny Manziel was presumably impressed.)
Lock was at Chiefs training camp Thursday on the Missouri Western campus and talked to The Star about his busy summer:
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Q: How much fun was the Elite 11 camp?
Lock: “It was a great experience. I wouldn’t say overwhelming, but you could say definitely it was overwhelming at the same time. There were so many people there that you were breaking your neck the whole time walking around and seeing everybody. I learned so much while I was there. The coaching was probably the greatest part of the whole thing. Nothing slipped by anybody there.”
Q: You’ve been recruited for a while, the apple of many a program’s eye, but did that camp and making such a strong impression change how you see yourself a little?
Lock: “Being recruited in high school by some big schools, you grow a little head about you, but you keep it down. I had doubts at the same time. Going there really put two and two together, actually seeing everybody and seeing how I compare. You come to a realization being there with (Josh) Rosen (of Bellflower, Calif., who is the nation’s second-ranked recruit) and (Jarrett) Stidham (of Stephenville, Texas, who is the nation’s third-ranked quarterback) and all those guys. It was cool.”
Q: Have things calmed down for you since you committed to Missouri?
Lock: “They have seriously calmed down a ton. Coach (Andy) Hill messages me every once in a while and we talk on the phone. He messages me guys names to stay on. That’s pretty much all that comes from Twitter anymore or the phone anymore, so I’m definitely pleased with that. It’s been nice. We’re on dead week this week and I maybe pick up my phone three times a day to check Twitter. It’s nothing. It’s amazing.”
Q: Speaking of Hill (Missouri’s associate head coach/quarterbacks coach), how important was that relationship in choosing the Tigers?
Lock: “It’s obviously one of the biggest decisions I’ve made in my life so far, and I wanted to make sure the decision was right and my personality meshed with him. The relationship that we have, the loyalty was real. It was there. That’s what I look for, and I truly enjoyed getting to know him as well.”
Lock: “Me and my dad try to do a good job with that as much as we can, but we don’t want to live our whole life on a mobile device. I might miss one or two things or not message someone, but we try to work very hard with that.”
Q: Has it hit you yet that you’ll be preparing for Missouri’s camp next season?
Lock: “It’s definitely a great feeling. I’ll sit in bed at night sometimes and think, ‘Wow,’ but I have to play well my senior year. That’s something I definitely want to do. I have to come out and perform. We have to win games. That’s my first thing and what I’m really focusing on right now.”