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Highly touted freshman QB Lindell Stone expected to transfer to Highland Park from Southlake Carroll
[By DAVID MCNABB / Special Contributor ... byline goes here]
Rising freshman quarterback Lindell Stone, who received national exposure concerning an early scholarship offer to UCLA, is expected to transfer into the Highland Park school district to begin football practice next week. Stone has been in middle school in Southlake Carroll.
“That is what I have heard, that is my assumption,” Carroll coach Hal Wasson said. “I haven’t seen a release to sign yet though.”
Lindell’s father, Ted Stone, declined to confirm the move through text or cellphone, but Lindell Stone participated in the week-long QB/WR camp of Highland Park coach Randy Allen two weeks ago. Allen said the Stones have told him they have purchased a home in University Park, but Allen said Monday that he hadn’t spoken to the Stones since the camp.
Lindell Stone burst into prominence with multiple reports that UCLA offered him a scholarship this spring. Even with the recruiting process advancing to earlier ages, it is a rarity for a major college to offer a player a scholarship before entering high school. Since those reports, neither the Stones nor UCLA (which can do so under NCAA rules) have confirmed or denied the offer.
The 6-1, 180-pound Stone already is considered a top quarterback, and he competed well this spring and summer at Nike’s Elite 11 camps in Dallas and San Francisco. His younger brothers — quarterback Preston and wide receiver Parker — are considered top players as well and attended HPISD camps this summer for elementary and middle school students.
Highland Park named rising junior Brooks Burgin as its quarterback after a spring competition with senior John Robert Gilley. Barring injuries, Highland Park probably wouldn’t start Stone on varsity.
Former Highland Park quarterback Matthew Stafford was highly regarded entering his ninth-grade year but played on the freshman team. He led Highland Park to the 2005 Class 4A Division I state title, became a freshman starter at Georgia and was the No. 1 pick in the 2009 NFL draft by the Detroit Lions.
As its history, Carroll is deep in promising quarterbacks. Carroll rising junior quarterback Ryan Agnew is the starter after playing as a backup to Kenny Hill last season. Agnew led Carroll to the 7-on-7 state title in July.