Recruiting: Gatewood Looking to 'Get Along'

An exciting development with regard to the recent firing of <B>R.C. Slocum</b> has <B>Tyrell Gatewood</b>, a 4-star blue-chip prospect, making a trip to Austin for UT's Banquet Weekend.

His experiences as a wideout playing in Chapel Hill's wishbone offense has Gatewood pausing for concern and rethinking his commitment to Texas A&M based aptly on the perception of a Dennis Franchione-style offense being more of the run-oriented variety. Enduring what must have been an incredibly boring high school offense from a pass-catching standpoint, Gatewood said, "After running the option as a senior, I don't ever want to go through that again." Simply put, the new-look Aggie O is not what the senior from Tyler, Texas had in mind when he elected to obligate his services to the maroon and white last summer.

For now, it's shaping up to be a 3-team battle with Texas (Dec. 13) on the clock this weekend and OU (Dec. 20) getting its turn the following week. Obviously, keeping the state's second-ranked wide receiving prospect away from the two most talent-rich schools in the southern division is imperative if the new A&M coach doesn't want to suffer the first recruiting double-whammy of his Big 12 career.

As expected, Franchione found some time to touch base with the 6-1, 190-pound athlete who can bench-press 300, sqaut 410 and power clean 255.

"Well, I just spoke with him (Franchione) a couple days ago and he said they didn't want me to go anywhere else... that they really wanted me to stay," said Gatewood. "He said they would take advantage of my talents and they'd adjust their scheme around the talent they have."

So Koenning's going to air it out and Torbush is scrapping the 4-3 for the 3-4?

Don't bet on it.

Gatewood -- with a 4.4 forty time and a 4.17 in the 20-yard shuttle -- refuses to gamble.

"I just told him (Franchione) I was going to go on my visits with Texas and Oklahoma and he respected that," Gatewood said. "I could tell he was really disappointed but he understood."

According to the nation's No. 22-rated wideout, he was really comfortable with Texas A&M's former staff. Having attended most of their games, he felt like he was a good fit for Kevin Sumlin's offense and now feels as if everything has been turned upside-down. In fact, it was Gatewood who asked his high school coach to contact Texas and not the other way around.

Duane Akina is the Longhorn coach Gatewood is most familiar with as Akina was assigned to him earlier in the recruiting process. Just one week ago, they spoke again, with the all-district selection at both wideout and free safety claiming that the conversation went very well and that the interest is mutual. Competition from North of the Red River will come from "Coach Wyatt," said Gatewood.

Asked what exactly he'll be looking for and what he would like to accomplish from his visit to Austin, Gatewood said: "I'm just wanting to see if I feel comfortable there and how I get along with everyone else. Would like to ask some questions about how they plan on using me... stuff like that."

With Gatewood opting to end the suspense early before, could he end the suspense early for the second time? Only this time by committing to The University? Clock's ticking.

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