Kinne nearing his decision

While the names of Ryan Mallett, John Chiles and Nick Fanuzzi seem to be on the tip of everyone's tongues when it comes to the top quarterbacks in the state of Texas, don't forget about G.J. Kinne. Kinne was voted Mr. Texas Football last year as a junior over other such quarterbacks as Matt Stafford and the 5A player of the year, Greg McElroy. A decision nears for this signal caller.

There was the move to Gilmer (Texas) and even after going through the spring at this new school, getting used to new personnel, new coaches and a different offense; G.J. Kinne says that he will have a decision in about a month.

"I have just been getting used to the wide receivers," Kinne said. "It's a lot different here at Gilmer than it was at Canton. We didn't have the speed that Gilmer has."

One of the biggest reasons that Gilmer has that speed is because of Curtis Brown. The Texas commit is one of the best players in the state and one of the top wide receivers in the nation.

"He unbelievable," Kinne said. "He can start and stop on a dime. He is different than my top target from last year, Houston Tuminello, who was a real hands guy. They are just different players, but both are great receivers."

Kinne admitted that the offers have "slowed down", but that wasn't until he was into the double-digits. Kinne pulled in nearly a dozen offers. While he is up to about 12 offers he has it narrowed down to a top three right now.

"My top three would be Baylor, Florida and Oklahoma. I will be heading to Florida in June and shortly after that I plan on having my decision. I want to get this over with."

It's understandable as to why. Kinne has a chance to be part of a real special team this year at Gilmer. Not to mention that he might have something to prove.

His father, Gary Joe Kinne, moved on from Canton to Baylor. G.J. must follow up a year last year that had him throw for 4,200 yards. He has thrown for 8,600 yards in his career. Those numbers led to 3A player of the year honors with Mr. Texas Football honors.

It's evident to Kinne, and his grandfather, who spoke about last weekend's seven on seven tournament. It was really the first chance that Kinne even had to go full speed with Brown. Gilmer lit up the competition and won the tournament. Gilmer hopes to qualify for state at Paris, Texas on June 17.

It is around that timeframe that Kinne will make his college intentions known. Whether it's a Bear, a Gator or a Sooner they will be getting a proven winner and one of the nation's top signal callers.


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