Horns Fill Hole at QB With Kinne Pledge

A source close to Gilmer football confirmed to Inside Texas Thursday evening that QB G.J. Kinne has switched his commitment from Baylor to Texas.

Kinne's pledge comes just over a week after Ocala, Fla. QB John Brantley switched his long-standing commitment to Texas to home-state Florida. Brantley's switch opened the door for Kinne, one of the Horns' top quarterback prospects early in 2007 process.

Kinne, listed by Scout.com at 6-3, 215-pound but reportedly slightly south of both of those numbers, attended one of UT's Junior Days back in February and favored the Horns early, but at the time, Texas has offers out to national five-star prospects Ryan Mallett, John Chiles and Brantley, with Nick Fanuzzi and Kinne set for further evaluation. But with commitments from both Chiles and then Brantley by early April, the Horns' QB recruiting for the year appeared to be done. Kinne pledged to Baylor in July over Tennessee, Alabama, Oklahoma and others.

Kinne transferred to Gilmer from Canton in between his junior and senior season following an incident where his dad, the Canton coach, was shot by the father of a football player. After recovering, Kinne's dad accepted the linebacker coach position at Baylor, and Kinne followed that up with his commitment to the Bears.

As a senior at Gilmer, Kinne passed for 2,962 yards and 43 TDs as he helped lead his team to an undefeated regular season before falling in the first round of the playoffs. His performance earned him his second consecutive Class 3A Offensive Player of the Year award.

"He's got a great arm and has good accuracy," Scout.com recruiting analyst Jeremy Patterson said. "He's been well coached and is great in the pocket, but unlike some other quarterbacks he is a threat once he begins to scramble as well. He's certainly a drop back guy and not a dual threat type, but he is athletic enough to pose a threat on the ground."

Kinne, who told Scout.com before his senior year that he owned a 3.8 core GPA, at one point said he planned to enroll at Baylor in January, but he recently said that he was still considering whether to enroll early or in May at the end of his senior year.

Kinne is teammates with current Texas commit Curtis Brown and 2008 Texas target RB/LB Justin Johnson, one of the top prospects in the state for '08. Kinne and Johnson were competing in a basketball tournament Thursday evening.


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