Wide receiver Justin Gamble, currently a junior at Round Rock's Stony Point High School, spoke at length over the phone about his plans to improve himself and his team next season, as well as his interest in Texas Tech.
Gamble, as you may recall, visited the school in November, during the Texas Tech-Oklahoma State game. The loss didn't dampen his perception of the program; he was all cheers as he raved about the fan culture and the atmosphere surrounding the big game.
"I had a blast," Gamble said. "I loved playing little games before the game itself, and I loved the barbecue…My whole family loved it. It's a great environment in itself."
The adulation continued: "Just the fact that the fans are very much into the team more than most colleges is really cool and that's an advantage in its own."
Texas Tech fans can smile and nod right now, but it's quite a long list of suitors for Gamble's signature. He rattled off names of competitors who have shown interest: Oklahoma State, California, TCU, Indiana, Minnesota, Houston, Michigan State, but so far only Tech and Texas State have offered.
In regards to his 2013 season, Gamble showed signs of promise and a possible rise in the rankings if everything pans out. With Stony Point, he had a strong season, leading his team with 60 receptions for 815 yards and three touchdowns. The team itself was a pedestrian 5-5 in the ultra-competitive District 16-5A, including a 2-4 record in league play.
Gamble does plan to improve on those numbers, both personally and from a team standpoint.
"I'm just working out every day," he said. "I'm catching balls with my quarterback. I run. I'm lifting weights, I'm hitting the weight room.
"The steps I'm taking now I didn't take last year," he said, referring to his dual-sport status (Gamble also played basketball for Stony Point). "It showed me the year-long grind to be a better football player. I'm just working hard, and I hope it pays off."
Knowing his goals for the season, Gamble also understands his importance to the team from a leadership standpoint. He spoke at length about how he feels he can impact the team as spring ball looms near: "I'm just helping out the young guys, showing them the ins-and-outs of being on varsity…I'm a team leader."
Stony Point WR talks Texas Tech, Recruitment
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