40 under 40: Rhett Bomar of Conroe Tigers Football
Rhett Bomar had the rare distinction of being the nation’s number one ranked “pro-style” quarterback coming out of Grand Prarie High School in 2004.
The six foot two inch, 210 pound gunslinger was one of only three “5-Star” prospects coming out of that class, according to 247Sports, a national recruiting service.
With all the tools that Bomar had he also enjoyed the unique experience of playing for his head-coach dad, Jerry Bomar, finishing his three year varsity career with 5,861 passing yards.
“Growing up with your dad as coach you eat and breathe football,” said Bomar, currently the offensive coordinator for the Conroe Tigers.
“My dream was to play for my dad, then play for a great college team, and then head to the NFL. The recruiting experience for me was awesome, I got to meet all the top coaches and see how all the top programs worked.”
Bomar initially chose to play for Bob Stoops at Oklahoma but life would eventually bring him back to Texas where he would play for Todd Whitten at Sam Houston State.
Moving down a division, from FBS to FCS, would enlighten Bomar’s unique perspective even more when it came to relationships and recruiting.
“They gave you everything you needed at the division one level,” said Bomar.
“Whether it was tutors or meals at the training table, the university made sure you were taken care of.”
Even though his move to Sam Houston State at the FCS level may have been viewed as
a let down, Bomar saw the move as another avenue to compete and to get to his ultimate dream, the NFL.
“People don’t realize there is some real, major talent at the FCS level. We had seven athletes drafted out of our league into the NFL. The only real difference in the two levels (FBS vs FCS) is when you get into the depth of teams. The reserves at the FBS level are stronger than at the FCS level.”
In two years at Sam Houston State Bomar would establish himself as a lock solid NFL prospect. In just 19 games he would finish his Bearkat career as the schools all-time leading passer in both yards passing and total offense.
His life chain perspective would gain another link when he was drafted by the New York Giants in the fifth round of the 2009 NFL Draft. He was simply a great player joining a sea of great players at football’s highest level.
“Getting drafted was a total process,” said Bomar.
“I got to play in that years ‘Senior Bowl’ which was a huge honor. The (NFL) Combine was very intense with the interviews, and that whole process, but I enjoyed every minute of it.”
Bomar was able to spend parts of three seasons on NFL rosters. First with the Giants and then stints with the Vikings and Raiders.
“Being at the NFL level teaches you how to learn new offenses. I got to learn from some of the best offensive minds and Eil Manning taught me how to be a quarterback at the NFL level.”
After his NFL experience Bomar came back to Texas to coach at the high school level, first working in assistant capacities for his father, who had moved onto Orange Grove, and then as offensive coordinator for Brian Randle at Alief Taylor.
In 2015 Bomar would accept his first head coaching position at Freer High School and would lead the 2A Buckaroos to a playoff appearance in 2016.
This spring it was announced that Bomar would follow former Alief Taylor defensive coordinator Cedric Hardeman to Conroe to become Hardeman’s offensive coordinator with the Tigers.
“The kids here at Conroe have a lot of energy, they want to win, we have talented kids around us as coaches, I think we can do some great things here.”
The Tigers open their 2018 season on the road against Mayde Creek Saturday, September 1.
The VYPE 40 under 40 podcast series focuses on 40 Houston high school coaches under the age of 40 who are making signifiant contributions to high school athletics.
Listen to our 40 under 40 podcast series with Coach Rhett Bomar by clicking on the link HERE