As John Lanz sat in front of a crowded room waiting to sign his national letter of intent to TCU on Wednesday morning, Guyer coach John Walsh shared stories on what made Lanz such a great player for the Wildcats.
Early in his career, Lanz would find a weight room even when on a family vacation to ensure he never missed a workout. That drive is part of what led to Lanz solidifying himself as a dominant three-year starter on the offensive line.
"Sometimes kids come through your program and they're real easy to coach because they're raised right — that was John," Walsh said. "Everything was by the book. He was blessed with some size, but he turned that into a real strong football player."
Lanz became the 50th Division I football signee since 2007 for Guyer, and he will follow in the footsteps of former Guyer player Patrick Morris, who started at center for the Horned Frogs as a senior this season.
Walsh said Morris was the strongest player to come through the program but said Lanz isn't far behind.
"Throughout my high school career, I used him as a goal of what I wanted to achieve," Lanz said of Morris. "I used his records in the weight room to push me, and I feel like he's a great role model for me."
After quickly developing into a reliable force on the offensive line as a sophomore, Lanz was a first-team all-district selection and earned all-state honorable mention as a junior. He graded out at 90 percent as a senior and averaged six knockdown blocks per game while finishing his career without allowing a sack.
The all-district honors for this season will be announced after Saturday's Class 6A Division I state championship game, as Allen is a member of District 6-6A with the Wildcats.
While he played left tackle at Guyer, Lanz moved around the line in different formations from time to time. Lanz likely will move to the interior of the line at TCU and was rated as the No. 15 center in the nation by 247Sports, though he never played the position for the Wildcats.
"It definitely helped me prepare, getting to learn some of the guard positions," Lanz said. "It's different footwork, so that was good to learn for the next level. There will be changes, but it won't be anything too drastic.
"I'm just very excited," Lanz said. " I'm ready to get to work and start the next part of my career."