December 1, 2008

Gabbert grabs another offer

Last Wednesday, Ballwin (Mo.) Parkway West quarterback Tyler Gabbert received an early Thanksgiving present from Missouri head coach Gary Pinkel.

"I went down to practice last Wednesday, and I met with coach Pinkel and he extended me a scholarship offer so that is extremely exciting."

"It's awesome. I have been down there a lot the past couple of years for games, and it is extremely exciting to know that the school you grew up watching is a possible place you could end up playing football."

According to the junior, this was not the first time that he was at one of Missouri's practices.

"No, I mean I have been down there before, but it is not on a normal basis," he said. "I go down there every now and again because it's not too far of a drive. It is kind of cool to see a fast-paced practice along with seeing the coaches during practice and to see my brother practice."

Ever since his football season ended, Gabbert and his father have been working on sending out tapes to schools he has been receiving letters from. He does admit that he has been paying close attention to the programs that have offered him, which now includes Missouri.

After he received the offer, Gabbert received some words of advice from his older brother and current Tiger Blaine Gabbert.

"He just said congrats and keep working hard because schools like Missouri noticed it, and if I keep working hard hopefully more will be to come."

When it comes to picking the right college, the 6-foot-0 quarterback said that he could picture himself in Mizzou's offense for a few reasons.

"I run the spread offense in high school and Missouri's spread offense is the best around, so I see myself fitting in," the quarterback said. "I am kind of around Chase Daniel's height, and if he can get it done, I know height is not a big deal anymore. If you can throw the ball, you can throw the ball. Hopefully, I can see myself running that type of offense."

As for Missouri's recent performance against the Jayhawks, Gabbert said games like that will not affect his future college choice.

"Not at all," Gabbert said. "Everyone is going to lose no matter who they are, so it's nice to see how people react when they are on the top and when they are losing. A loss is a loss and obviously you would like a school to win, but I have seen Mizzou win plenty of games, and it has no effect at all on any decision I would ever make."

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