2012 WR Gilbert getting looks

Austin (Texas) Lake Travis High wide receiver Griffin Gilbert is a 2012 prospect with a tremendous amount of upside. The 6-foot-5, 195-pound wide out has all of the tools to succeed at the next level, and college coaches have begun to take notice. Read the LonghornDigest update for the inside scoop!

Austin (Texas) Lake Travis High wide receiver Griffin Gilbert comes from a family with a very rich football tradition. His father was an NFL quarterback, and his brother Garrett is the current starting quarterback for the Texas Longhorns. Most might have expected Griffin to follow his father and brothers footsteps and play quarterback, but he chose a different path for himself.

"It all started when I was younger, I would always catch passes from Garrett and I was always pretty good with my hands. I chose to be a receiver because I like catching touchdowns and I like being the guy that gets the ball thrown to him whenever the game is on the line. I chose that path because it's fun and it's what I like to do," said Gilbert.

Gilbert has been keeping himself busy this summer by participating in camps and 7-on-7 tournaments. He and his teammates from Lake Travis walked away with the championship trophy in College Station a few weeks ago after they won the State 7-on-7 tournament.

"We won the state 7-on-7 tournament for the first time. We played De Soto in the finals and we beat them by like 9 points. Everyone on our team played really well, Conner Floyd got MVP of the whole tournament. I had a good tournament all-around too."

Gilbert was also on-hand and participated in the Longhorns summer camp that took place last month.

"I had a real good camp and felt really good about how I played. It was my first real camp I went to as the position I'm going to play in college. I went as a tight end, and I did really good. I caught a lot of balls and talked to the coaches a little bit. The tight ends coach likes me a lot. They just told me to keep it up and try and get a little bigger and closer to the 200-pound mark."

The 6-foot-5, 195-pound pass catcher plays as a receiver for his high school team, but he thinks he will be lining up at a different position at the next level.

"I would like to play as an H-back or as a tight end in college. I think I can use my speed and athleticism to try and get by the linebackers. I think I could also be good at playing as a slot receiver."

Gilbert currently holds no scholarship offers, but he has been hearing from several nearby programs. Texas, Texas A&M, Houston and Tulsa are all expressing interest in the Lake Travis prospect.

Gilbert is all done with camps and tournaments for the summer and is now focusing on improving a few aspects of his game before the start of his junior season.

"I'm trying to get faster and run better routes. I'm working with a speed trainer and just trying to get faster and bigger at the same time. If I can get faster and bigger, then I can make myself a real threat on the field. I would like to be at 205 pounds by the start of the season."

As a sophomore Gilbert reeled in 39 receptions for 486 yards and six touchdowns. Stick with LonghornDigest for the more on Griffin Gilbert and his recruitment.


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