Inside the Class of '07: G.J. Kinne

The 12th in a daily series of interviews and photo essays on members of the Longhorn Class of '07: quarterback G.J. Kinne.

G.J. Kinne
National Rank at QB: 38
Overall State Rank: 70
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An Inside Texas conversation with Gilmer head coach Jeff Traylor on G.J. Kinne:

IT: How has G.J. handled the attention he's gotten because of his commitment switch?

Traylor: G.J.'s whole career he's had to handle a lot, from his father getting shot to the whole move from Canton to Gilmer. So he's used to that kind of stuff. I would say that I don't know if I'll coach a high school kid who's been through as much as G.J. has. He just amazes me that he handles it as well as he does.

IT: Did he initiate the contact with Texas after John Brantley's decommit?

Traylor: I don't have any idea how that went. I know the Texas coaches are wonderful people. Whatever the rules are, they follow it. I know that. [Note: Inside Texas later learned that G.J. Kinne did contact Texas.]

IT: In terms of his on the field ability, I would imagine he has a great deal of accuracy with throwing the ball, what with the incredible touchdown to interception ratio he's got, but what have you seen in terms of his ability to dissect a defense?

Traylor: He's a student of the game, he loves the game and he did everything we asked him to do. He really worked his tail off when he came in here. I don't have anything but good things to say about him.

IT: Given the fact that he didn't grow up in Gilmer, how quickly was he able to take over as a leader on this football team?

Traylor: It took some time, but he's a coach's kid. He knows how to work the locker room and those kids fell in love with him and he ended up being one of our strongest leaders by the end of the year.

IT: You think that quality will help him as he makes the transition to the next level of football?

Traylor: I think that quality will help him as he makes every transition in his whole life. If you can't get people to get along with you, it's hard to make it in this world. You need people. As much as we'd like to not have to count on everybody all the time, you have to count on people and G.J.'s really good at getting people to rally around him and he'll be a great addition to the Longhorns.

IT: What do you think he needs to work on the most as he makes the transition to Division I football?

Traylor: Oh, that'll be up to Coach Davis. I'm sure Coach Davis will have plenty for him. I'd rather not discuss things I think he needs to work on because that can be so misconstrued, but Coach Davis will have a long list, I'm sure, for him to work on. He was great for us.

IT: Is he a very vocal player?

Traylor: He talks more than Curtis (Brown), but he's not Mr. Out-going-bubbly-personality either. He's just a really nice, quiet, shy kind of kid.

IT: When G.J. came to Gilmer, when did you say, 'wow, I've got a special quarterback, here?'

Traylor: Oh I knew from watching him grow up through the years and playing at Canton. I already knew. But I guess what impressed me most about him was how willing he was to learn and to change some things. As much notoriety as he got, a lot of those kids don't really want to get any better and he's really committed to getting better. That's what impressed me the most about him.

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UT Signing Day Bio: Prep All-American and two-time 3A Offensive Player of the Year … played in the 2007 East Meets West All-American game … connected with fellow UT signee Malcolm Williams for a 60-yard TD … four-year starter at QB … also started as a free safety his first three years … played three seasons at Canton before transferring to Gilmer as a senior … accounted for TDs in six different ways (pass, rush, reception, kick return, punt return and INT return) … threw for 11,695 yards and 130 TDs, while rushing for 3,327 yards and 48 TDs in four seasons … his 11,695 yards rank third and his 130 TD passes rank second in Texas high school football history … led his teams to a 38-9 record during that span … earned 3A Offensive Player of the Year honors from The Associated Press and the Texas Sports Writers Association as a senior … also named the district 15-3A MVP … led Gilmer to a 10-1 record and a No. 11 ranking in the Texas Football Top 25 … threw for 3,216 yards and 47 TDs with only one INT, while rushing for 400 yards and 11 TDs … threw at least four TD passes in eight of 11 games … earned 3A Offensive Player of the Year honors (AP, TSWA) as a junior … also earned 15-3A MVP honors … led Canton to a 12-2 record and a berth in the quarterfinals of the 3A state playoffs … threw for 4,200 yards and 42 TDs, while rushing for 1,012 yards and 15 TDs … recorded a career-best 5,212 yards of total offense and 65 total TDs that year … also led his team with seven interceptions while playing free safety … threw for 400 yards and four TDs, rushed for two TDs, intercepted a pass and recovered a fumble in a 61-58 victory over Gilmer … earned second-team 3A all-state honors (AP) as a sophomore … also was tabbed the district 15-3A MVP and the all-County MVP … helped Canton go 8-2 on the season … passed for 2,629 yards and 29 TDs, while rushing for 1,300 yards and 15 TDs … earned East Texas Newcomer of the Year and all-County Newcomer of the Year as a freshman … led Canton to an 8-4 record … tallied 1,650 yards and 12 TDs passing, while rushing for 615 yards and seven TDs … connected on a 99-yard TD pass in a game against Sabine … also competed in basketball, baseball and track and field … earned all- district honors in basketball as a junior … was named all-state in baseball as a sophomore at centerfield and all-district as a freshman and junior … also played pitcher and catcher … holds personal bests of 39.0 seconds in the 300 hurdles and 23-1 in the long jump … was a four-year honor roll student who maintained a 3.6 GPA … was a four-year member of the FCA … was a three-year member of the Spanish Club … volunteered to read to students at local elementary schools … served as the coach of a YMCA flag football team … enjoys sports video games and fishing … dad, Gary, was a LB and captain at Baylor and is currently the Bears' linebackers coach … uncle, Buddy Owens, played football at Michigan State from 1963-65 … full name is Gary Joe Kinne … born 12/1/88 in Mesquite, Texas … lived in Mesquite until the eighth grade … moved to Canton until 11th grade … transferred to Gilmer for his senior season.




All photos: Will Gallagher/Inside Texas

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