Tyler Gabbert is used to hearing his last named call over the loud speaker at football stadiums on Friday nights. The younger brother of Missouri quarterback Blaine Gabbert, the fans of Ballwin football feel comfortable when their team is on offense.
"I thrive on pressure and tough situations." said Gabbert, one of the top 20 quarterbacks in the Class of 2010 per Scout.com. "I enjoy being in the position to get something done for my teammates."
The younger Gabbert brother is being recruited by some big time Midwest programs. Iowa, Missouri, Kansas, and Nebraska have all extended offers. As have Colorado State, Indiana, and Wyoming. He has a list of favorites, but is keeping them close to the vest.
"I keep pretty busy with the recruiting process." Gabbert says. "I have some new offers over the past couple weeks, and more might be coming in. I am not really nailing things down. I am (however) getting a better feel for the schools I really like."
Tyler's interest in the University of Iowa program extends from the coaching staff in Iowa City. He is also very complimentary of the facilities in the land of Hawkeyes.
"Iowa is still one of my top schools." Tyler states. "I have talked to Coach (Eric) Johnson and Coach Ferentz. They have top notch facilities. From the stadium to the town. It's a great place."
Gabbert is also quick with high praise for the head Hawkeye.
"He is a great coach." Gabbert says. "You read of all of those things in the paper, on the internet, or wherever. He lives up to all the expectations. He is one of the best coaches in college football."
Tyler is a pro-style, pocket ready signal caller. In 2008, he threw for nearly 2000 yards and completed nearly 70 percent of his passes. He also connected with receivers in the end zone 18 times, while throwing just five interceptions.
"My arm strength and accuracy is what is getting me all this recruiting attention." Tyler says. "My arm strength and athleticism buy me time. I am a composed player in the pocket."
No matter what the future holds, Tyler says he is ready to take on the challenge.
"I am a competitor." he says boldly. "I am not going to give up on any play, or collapse in big time situations. Fourth down situations do not startle me at all."