Close to Committing?

Junior Round Rock Stony Point receiver Justin Gamble hit Lubbock with his parents, older cousin and younger brother at about 4 p.m. They weren't sure where to park so they ended up walking through the campus, which ended up being a stroke of luck for Texas Tech.

Junior Round Rock Stony Point receiver Justin Gamble hit Lubbock with his parents, older cousin and younger brother at about 4 p.m.

They weren't sure where to park so they ended up walking through campus, which ended up being a stroke of luck for Texas Tech.

"There was all these things you could do and my little brother is five so he had a blast," said Gamble, who has caught 60 passes for 815 yards and three scores this season. "He was just playing the games, and we were winning T-shirts."

Then Gamble, who holds offers from Texas Tech and Texas State, but is also receiving a lot of attention from Oklahoma State and TCU, and his cousin mingled with some of the fans tailgating.

"We could tell they were real excited, eager for the game and they took a lot of pride in their team," Gamble said.

After that it was on to the training facility for a tour. Gamble especially loved the "helmet room" where many of the former Red Raiders who have gone on to play at the next level have their NFL team's helmet displayed on the walls. He also enjoyed trying on Tech's new Lone Survivor uniforms and all the accompanying gear.

Despite Tech losing, Gamble came away impressed with the emotion the coaches showed on the sidelines and how loud the crowd at Jones AT&T Stadium was. He also added the fact Tech lost will have no effect on his decision.

"I still believe Tech is one of the best teams in the Big 12. Everybody has a bad day," Gamble said.

Then to top it all off Gamble and his cousin, Adam Simmons, got to go out with several of the players, such as Kerry Hyder and Jace Amaro, after the game.

But perhaps the best moment for Gamble came when Simmons, a medical student in his fourth year at Texas State, told him he intends to transfer to Texas Tech.

"That might seal the deal. He has to wait until the spring though," Gamble said. "He's going to apply for it in the spring. I thought that would be real cool, because my cousin is basically like my older brother. He looked after me when I was little."

Gamble said he still plans on visiting TCU on Nov. 30 when it hosts Baylor and added he wants to commit before starting his senior season next fall.


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