February 7, 2008

A five-star commitment on the way?

After the dust settles, it looks like the Texas Longhorns might get themselves a five-star prospect for the offensive backfield this week after all.

One day after Ventura (Ca.) St. Bonaventure five-star running back Darrell Scott spurned the Longhorns on national Signing Day, it looks like the Longhorns will be able to put the negative feelings from that recruitment to bed.

Multiple sources have confirmed that 2009 five-star quarterback prospect Garrett Gilbert will announce his college plans in a 4 p.m. press conference and all signs currently point towards Gilbert announcing that he will pledge to Mack Brown and Co.

As a junior Gilbert, who has confirmed offers from California, Texas A&M and Texas Tech, led Lake Travis to the Class 4A Division I state championship with a slew of incredible performances in the playoffs. Overall, Gilbert completed 359 of 555 passes for 4,826 yards, 52 touchdowns and 12 interceptions.

"I think he's the best pure throwing quarterback in the state," one out of state coach that is recruiting Gilbert said. "He's a guy that shows up and plays at an incredible level every time he takes the field. He carried that team on his back this year when they probably shouldn't have made it past the first or second round of the playoffs. He's that good."

In our last conversation with Gilbert in late January, he indicated that an early commitment was unlikely.

"I think I'm going to take my time with everything," Gilbert said on January 25th.

Despite those comments, speculation has grown for months that he would become one of the first commitments in the 2009 recruiting class for the Longhorns.

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