But nowadays, Gabbert a very energetic recruiter in his own right, got a chance to put that hat on for this event which featured 20-plus players, including recruits with offers like Tobi Okuyemi, Donovan Vestal, Diamonte Wheeler and current Oklahoma State commit, Chase Rome.
It was Rome who Gabbert got to hang around with, along with fellow Husker commit, offensive lineman Andrew Rodriguez. Tyler felt he and the program made a good impression. "I just told him to look at what they have going on here, the kind of coaches they have and what they are doing for the future. I said that it's going to be a great place to be," he said. "I don't know, but I think he enjoyed it a lot. I think he had a good time. So, we'll just have to see how that goes."
Gabbert tries to keep in touch with some kids, one of his most consistent targets being fellow Missouri standout, wide receiver Marcus Lucas. Since Lucas visited Nebraska for the Spring Game, all reports and impressions indicated that Nebraska might not be very prominent on his map. But Gabbert said that he's been drilling into Lucas why that shouldn't be the case. "You look at the offense, and if you want opportunities, Nebraska had plenty for wide receivers," he said of the Big Red's attack last year, which finished the season ranked 12th in total offense, only behind Missouri in the North Division.
Back to yesterday, though, Gabbert said that while he's seen the place multiple times, this was another opportunity to learn a bit more, experience a bit more and think more about the future. "We just got one-on-one time with the coaches, which I always like. And then we just got to see everything, which I have kind of seen it all, I guess, but there are always little things you pick up that you may not have noticed the first time," he said. "I was just talking to the guys who were visiting, and telling them why I wanted to be there."
Nebraska actually did come out of yesterday down a player rather than hopefully adding a few more to the potential future roster. Wide receiver Keeston Terry, also a native of Missouri, decommitted from Nebraska and opted to attend Kansas, where both his parents went to college. Gabbert said that you have to follow your heart, and you have to go where you think you fit the best. But he wasn't ready to rule out Terry just yet. "It's a long time before Signing Day. We'll see what happens. You have to do what's best for you and maybe that's it for him. But we'll see," he said.
For Gabbert it's back home and finally, his senior season is almost upon him. After an off-season that might have come across more as a blur than anything else, from the camps to combines, visits to swarming media attention, it might be hard to remember much of it, if any at all. But he's been thinking about this up-coming year throughout.
His Longhorns, coming off a 7-3 season a year ago, are poised to make another run at state honors this year. Behind a small but quick offensive line, and utilizing a full "Shotgun Spread" offense, Gabbert might just find himself in his element. That makes him doubly excited about the 10th, the date which camp starts as the countdown to football season continues.
He can't wait.
"I'm pretty excited about it, I know that. I think we'll have a good team, and I think we have a lot of big challenges ahead of us. But there's no doubt in my mind we can get it done," he said. "It's going to be a great year. It's going to be my last year. So, I'm excited to see what we can do."
Another Missouri resident, Marquis Hill, a wide receiver and current commit to the Tigers, was supposed to ride up with the Gabbert family for this event. But Tyler said that because they opted to fly, Hill was not able to make it in. We'll keep tabs on Hill, though, as he has been exploring his options considerably since he committed to Missouri, and the lack of a visit right now still may not rule out Nebraska down the road.