TE Trent Gow chooses Air Force


It took a weekend and an extra two days, but Trent Gow (Mansfield, Texas/Mansfield) has made his verbal commitment public.

Gow, a 6-foot-3, 235-pound tight end, confirmed on Wednesday that he has verbally committed to Air Force. Gow made his choice after taking in the Falcons’ home game over the weekend against Navy. Gow knew what he wanted to do at the beginning of the week, but he wasn’t able to get a hold of Air Force recruiting coordinator, Capt. John Rudzinski, until Wednesday.

“I actually made [the decision] on Monday,” Gow said. “When I finally got [Rudzinski], he was really fired up. He said I was going to be a very good player there and that he couldn’t wait to tell [head] Coach [Troy] Calhoun and the rest of the staff.”

Gow chose Air Force over offers from Georgia State and Central Arkansas and interest from UTEP and Memphis. Gow had heard from Texas and Ohio State early in his recruiting process.

Gow was one of 38,927 at Falcon Stadium watching longtime rivals Air Force and Navy collide. Although Navy won in overtime, 28-21, Gow said the overall atmosphere immediately won him over.

“It was a big, game-day atmosphere, and I had a chance to bond with the players,” Gow said. “They told me how much they liked it. All the coaches were awesome, and the campus was awesome. I talked to my parents about it and thought it was the right fit.

“Overall, it was incredible. I’d never been to a huge rivalry college football game. Going to a place like Air Force, a place with great tradition, and watching them play in front of the commander in chief, it was really cool. I liked it a lot.”

Gow, a blocking tight end in Mansfield’s system, has caught five passes for 41 yards and a touchdown through five games.