Gideon: 'It was like a dream come true'

On the first day of April, the Texas Longhorns have already virtually locked up its 2008 class. Their 18th commitment came on Friday in the form of Leander safety Blake Gideon. He talked about his decision to play football for Mack Brown and company.

"Yes sir, I actually committed on Friday," Blake Gideon said. "They offered two weeks ago on a Monday."

"I actually took a trip down there on Thursday to look around, but I didn't make it official until Friday. I called Coach Brown to let him know."

Gideon chose Texas over offers from Rice and Vanderbilt. He has always been a Longhorn fan and was very excited about the opportunity to wear burnt orange on the next level.

"Oh definitely," Gideon said. "It was like a dream come true. I have always dreamed about running through the tunnel with a Longhorn on my helmet."

Gideon is already very familiar with the surroundings in Austin. He talked about his familiarity with the school and the campus.

"I actually live in a suburb of Austin. I have been to games in the past," Gideon said. "The facilities blow my mind. They are bigger than any I have seen in high school. The Bubble and everything else is absolutely unbelievable."

Gideon spent most of his time on the defensive side of the ball as a junior, but will likely see time on both sides this year. He was recruited by the Longhorns to play his natural position at safety.

"Coach Brown said that they would like me to play safety," Gideon said. "I played safety this past year and got a couple of plays in at wide receiver. Next year, I will probably get a lot of time at wide receiver and might even get some snaps in at quarterback."

The 6-foot-1, 189-pound Gideon put together a spectacular junior season on the defensive side of the ball. He recorded 119 tackles, two interceptions and two forced fumbles at Leander High School.

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