Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Meet the Future Frogs: Griffin Gilbert

The first weekend of March 2011 was pretty eventful for TCU. While the baseball team was busy sweeping past Texas Tech out in Lubbock, the football team was busy adding future offensive firepower with commitments from running back LaDarius Anthony, quarterback Austin Aune and finally wide receiver/tight end Griffin Gilbert.

Casual fans might recognize Gilbert, the massive 6'5" target out of the Austin area, as the younger brother of Garrett Gilbert, former UT and soon-to-be SMU quarterback. But other than the fact that they both wore jersey #7 (Griffin switched to that number for his senior year) while contributing to Lake Travis' unprecedented five consecutive state championships and that both were named to the Dave Campbell's Texas Football Super Team in their respective senior seasons, they really don't have a whole lot more in common as far as football is concerned.

Griffin has been a pass-catcher since the beginning of his varsity career, hauling in more than 160 passes for over 2,600 yards and totaling 35 touchdowns over three years. As he's gotten older, he's learned how to use his 6'5" frame and his elite ability to adapt to the ball while it's in the air to become a living head ache for opposing defensive coordinators. As dangerous of a threat as he was as a pass-catching option, he was equally (if not more) dangerous because of the attention heaped on him that allowed teammates to get open.

Rivals has Gilbert scored as a four-star tight end, and lists him as 10th-best at that position in the country and the 36th-best overall recruit coming out of the Lone Star State. Despite a scholarship offer from the Longhorns (as well as one from Clemson, where former LT head coach Chad Morris is the offensive coordinator), Gilbert stuck to his initial commitment to TCU. He was recruited by Trey Haverty, who will now be the wide receivers coach- leading to more speculation that he may end up lining up out wide. Watch his highlights and judge for yourself:


Cro-magnon Frog said...

I am very excited for Griffin Gilbert and the promise he brings.

However Patterson offenses have notoriously underused the tightend position so I'm curious to see how it'll play out.

Also, I thought there was some talk of Gilbert going to SMU to be with his brother. Did that all die down?

shortnkerley's said...

Not so sure we've underused the tight end as much as people think. Maybe we just haven't had the playmaker necessary to use him properly in the past.

Travis said...

Damn, I thought I was one pasty white guy!

Travis said...

Damn, I thought I was one pasty white guy!