When the letters were signed and the fax machines shut down, Texas Longhorn fans were left with an outcome on National Signing day that they’ve become quite accustomed to throughout the years. Mack Brown and the rest of the UT staff compiled yet another promising top-tier recruiting class within the Big-12 conference. Though you would think the Longhorn faithful would be ecstatic over such an outcome, you’d better think again.
In what was thought to be the future of Texas’ backfield, coveted recruit Darrell Scott chose to stay within the Big-12, just in a University of Colorado uniform. What developed into one of the fiercest recruiting battles of the year left UT fans with an uncommon feeling of defeat.
A day after losing the five star gem, Longhorn fans have found a reason to raise a glass and toast to the programs future. Superstar quarterback, Garrett Gilbert held a press conference on the grounds of Lake Travis High School to announce his decision to sign with the Longhorns.
One of the top arms in the 2009 recruiting class was being pursued by many BCS powerhouse programs. Also in the running for Gilbert were Texas A&M, Texas Tech, Nebraska, Cal, and Notre Dame. In the end it was the longstanding tradition of winning and academic superiority that summoned Gilbert the Longhorns.
"I'm very excited about this opportunity,” Gilbert exclaimed. “I feel very blessed and I'm looking forward to a great opportunity to go get a great education and to play football for one of the greatest universities in the nation."
Possessing an arm to make every single throw on the field, Gilbert is a quarterback with a very polished skill set. He shows tremendous poise in the pocket, demonstrating superb decision making under pressure. Exhibiting exceptional touch on downfield throws and placing adequate zip on his passes; it’s no wonder Gilbert is one of the names headlining the Lone Star State’s 2009 crop of quarterbacks.
Coming off a record breaking 2007 season, Gilbert led Lake Travis to its first state football championship in program history. Along the way Texas’ top pocket passer set three single-season state records: single-season passing yards (4,827), single-season pass completions (360), and attempts (556).
Etching his name into the history books, the 6’3 186 Ib field general completed 65% of his passes while stockpiling a total of 59 touchdowns (52 pass and six rush). The heartbeat of the Lake Travis office is poised to bring his winning tradition down the road to Texas Memorial Stadium.
The day prior to Gilbert’s college announcement, blue chip wide receivers DJ Grant, Desean Hales, and Dan Buckner faxed in their letters of intent to the Longhorn football offices. With his senior year remaining, opposing Big12 teams should fear the day Gilbert steps onto the practice field with the three downfield weapons. In the meantime expect to find the trio to be wondering how many touchdown passes they’ll be on the receiving end of once the big time quarterback prospect arrives on campus.
Longhorn fans didn’t hang their heads for very long! With Gilberts commitment, Texas recruiting has burst out of the gates and taken a very early lead going into next season.