"My coach showed me a text from Coach [Bruce] Chambers, inviting me to Junior Day," Gow said. "I was really excited. I wasn't expecting that at all. That's pretty big to get a UT Junior Day invite, and it gave me a lot of confidence in the recruiting process."
Gow said his conversations with Chambers have centered around the way the Longhorns utilize the position, and how his size would allow him to fit in. And while Texas has told Gow he's an all-around tight end, Gow admits that his biggest strength is lining up and blocking the guy across from him.
"I think I'm a pretty good blocker," Gow said. "We run a Power-I, so I'm blocking 99 percent of the time. And we score a lot of points running behind my side of the line."
That makes Gow an attractive prospect in the Bryan Harsin offense, one that motions the tight end around and asks him to make key blocks in the running game.
"I think I fit in well there," Gow said. "We run a lot of pitch and a lot of lead to the outside, some stretch. So what [the Texas coaches] are looking for is honestly what I'm doing. I outside zone block a ton. So I fit that really well."
And Gow knows that he can stand up to high-level BCS competition, having spend the last few years blocking Texas signee Hassan Ridgeway in practice.
"He's really gifted in football. He's so big and strong, and was the best defensive lineman in our whole district," Gow said. "So going against him every day was tough, but it made me a lot better as a football player. It made the games a lot easier."
And Gow has somebody to talk to about his Texas recruitment.
"He was the first person I told about it when I found out about the invite," Gow said. "He was really excited for me."
"I grew up a UT fan, so just with that, Texas probably stands out to me the most," Gow said. "I visited Tulsa, and I really liked it. And Oklahoma State and Nebraska have sent me a whole bunch of stuff. Iowa State just recently contacted me as well. But I'm pretty open, and look forward to talking to more schools."