MANSFIELD, Texas – The Longhorns might soon have their first tight end commit for the 2013 class with Durham Smythe (Belton, Texas/Belton) expected to decide between Texas and Stanford on Friday or Saturday.
Whether Smythe chooses Texas or not won’t change the Longhorns’ stance on Mansfield tight end Trent Gow. They want to take two tight ends in 2013 and are interested in Gow. They are simply still in an evaluation mode.
“[Tight endd coach] Bruce Chambers called [Mansfield] Coach [Jeff] Hulme last week and told me to wait until the spring.”
Gow (6-foot-3, 235 pounds) is fine with that. He likes Texas and doesn’t mind waiting.
“That’s the place that I want to be at,” Gow said. “I really want to go there. Junior day [on Feb. 25] gave me some clarity of what schools I should be looking at and that are really interested. There were only like 15 people in Austin but then at North Texas there were like 250. Being able to pick apart who is really interested and who isn’t was big.”
During that junior day, it was Texas trying to gauge Gow’s interests.
“They were saying a lot how they wanted to see how interested people were in Texas and that they wanted us to tell them,” Gow said.” So I just straight up told them. I told Coach [Mack] Brown, Chambers and Bryan Harsin.”
Gow, whose father Brian Gow knows Chambers from the Texas High School coaching ranks, doesn’t have any offers right now but is getting serious attention from Texas, North Texas, Tulsa, Nebraska, Iowa State, Duke, LSU and Texas Tech. He’ll visit Tulsa on Tuesday and will likely attend Nebraska’s spring game.
He is drawing so much attention because of his blocking abilities, which he has honed in Mansfield’s I-formation scheme. It has certainly caught Texas’ eye.
“They really like that I already know how to zone block and already know my steps because a lot of those other tight ends, [Chambers] was telling me are receivers that they converted to tight end,” he said. “So their feet are really close together when they block.”
Because of Mansfield offense, Gow’s receiving numbers won’t blow you away. He caught 11 passes for 190 yards and two touchdowns as a junior. But that’s not to say he doesn’t have good hands and can’t make things happen with the ball in his possession.
“I don’t get thrown to a whole lot, but when I do I make a play,” he said. “The last game, against Midlothian, I had 94 yards on two receptions and two touchdowns. I sent that tape to the Texas coaches.”
Gow likes the versatility of Texas’ tight ends, but the blocking schemes were really what he paid attention to.
“I like that they block a lot. From what I saw at practice they do a lot of blocking,” he said. “I am already used to that. So I feel like I could jump right in there.”