TE Trent Gow has options at Texas, LSU


The addition of junior college tight end Geoff Swaim to Texas’ 2013 recruiting class on June 12 put a wrench in Trent Gow’s plans of becoming a Longhorn. But it didn’t end them.

Gow, a Mansfield, Texas, product, has long been interested in Texas, proving so with numerous visits to Austin for games and camps in the past year. After his most recent visit to a Longhorns camp in early June, Texas tight ends coach Bruce Chambers approached Gow and his father with an alternate way of joining the program.

“He asked if [grayshirting] was a possibility and we told him it was,” Gow said. “So he told us to go home and think about it and get back to him.”

Gow (6-foot-3, 243 pounds) and his father returned home and discussed the idea of grayshirting with his mother and Mansfield coach Jeff Hulme. All sides agreed that it was a possibility, and Hulme called Chambers to relay the message.

“[Chambers] said they were going to watch my first two games of the season and that they would talk to me after that,” Gow said.

Should Gow choose to go this route, he would be Texas’ third tight end in 2013, along with Swaim and four-star Durham Smythe, and the second grayshirt, along with Naashon Hughes.

“About the grayshirt, [Chambers] said that all five times that they’ve done that, [the recruit] ended up coming in June,” he said. “He told me [former Longhorns safety and four-year starter] Blake Gideon was grayshirted but that he reported in June. The grayshirt really doesn’t bother me that much. I’m up for it.”

But there are other teams in the mix that might allow Gow to avoid the situation. One of those schools is LSU, which, like Texas, has commitments from a four-star tight end (DeSean Smith) and a juco TE in Logan Stokes.

“[LSU is] still having some camps right now so [Tigers coaches] told me to give [them] until the end of July and that they would be in touch with me after that,” Gow said. “They really like me though so I am hoping something happens.”

There’s also Air Force, which is the lone school to extend him an offer.

“They have been keeping in pretty constant contact with me,” Gow said. “The coaches seem to be pretty hyped up to me. Colorado Springs is a nice place and I think it would be a nice fit for me honestly.”

Gow said he was finished with camps for the summer and has turned his attention to preparing for his upcoming senior season. He’s honored to be in conversation with all three schools.

“I feel really good about everything,” he said. “I just went up to Air Force a few weekends ago and really like it. Those three are really great programs.”