A top TE recruit wins state, ready for TCU

December, 28, 2011
12/28/11
2:01
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Griffin Gilbert, a four-star tight end from Lake Travis High School in Austin, helped lead his high school tem to its fifth consecutive Texas state title, the first high school to win five straight football championships in Texas high school history.

Griffin is the eighth-ranked TE, according to the ESPNU rankings. Here's part of Damon Sayles' post (insider) on Griffin:
“I’ve been on varsity for three years now, and to see the program rise to where it is, it’s simply amazing,” Gilbert said. “I’m so proud of my team. Everyone gave everything we had. Now, we can say we have five state championships.”

Winning can become addictive, and Gilbert admitted that he doesn’t want his personal streak to end in college. After reconfirming his commitment to TCU, he said he hopes to be an immediate impact player for the Big 12 Conference’s newest participant.

Gilbert added that he hopes to build a healthy – but friendly – rivalry with his older brother. Former Texas quarterback Garrett Gilbert transferred to SMU earlier this year and is expected to have a year of eligibility remaining after sitting out a season. SMU and TCU have been respected Dallas-Fort Worth area competitors as of late, and much is expected from both teams in the seasons to come.

“Of course, we both want to win,” Griffin said, “but it’s going to be fun playing against [Garrett].”
Richard Durrett joined ESPNDallas.com in September 2009. He writes about colleges, the Dallas Stars and the Texas Rangers. Richard spent nine years at The Dallas Morning News covering the Rangers, Stars, colleges, motorsports and high schools.

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