February 7, 2008

Gilbert: It's a dream come true

The Texas Longhorns picked up their first commitment of the 2009 recruiting class on Thursday when Lake Travis five-star quarterback Garrett Gilbert announced that he would be staying close to home for his college years. Here's a look at the complete transcript from his six-minute press conference at the school's state of the art indoor facility.

Opening statement

"I am here to announce my commitment to play football at the University of Texas. I'm very excited about this opportunity. I feel very blessed and I'm looking forward to a great opportunity to get a great education at Texas and also the chance to play football at one of the best universities in the nation."

Q: Can you walk us through your decision and what the thought process was behind the decision?

A: It's been my dream to be a Longhorn ever since I was a little kid, ever since I moved here to Austin. It's just a real blessing and as soon as I got the offer, I knew that that's where I wanted to go.

Q: Can you talk about how the offer came about? Also, once they offered, how long did it take before you made the decision?

A: I got the offer yesterday afternoon in the mail as a letter and I immediately called Coach (Mack) Brown. I'd been hopeful that I would receive (an offer) and I just knew that it's what I wanted to do.

Q: Had you had previous conversations with the Texas staff about how this would unfold?

A: Yes, I've been talking to the coaches a little bit and meeting with them.

Q: In the end was this a tough decision for you?

A: Like I said, it's been my dream since I was a kid, so I was hopeful I would get the offer and I knew that's what I wanted to do.

Q: Did you know that you've received one of the earliest offers that Texas has ever had?

A: No, I did not know that.

Q: Do you have any idea if Lake Travis offensive lineman Paden Kelley will be joining you at Texas?

A: I do not. I haven't talked much to the coaches about that. Obviously, he's a great player for us, but I don't know about that.

Q: You received a huge round of applause when you announced your decision. It sounds like the entire community is behind you. Did you sense that when you were receiving feedback on the possible decision?

A: Anything helps and I have a lot of great people that helped me out with this and thanks to all of them. It's been a great experience.

Q: What did Coach Brown say when you told him the news?

A: Obviously, they just came off of a great class that they got yesterday, so I guess I'm looking forward to being the first commit that they've had this year.

Q: What were the other schools that you were considering that had offered?

A: I received offers from Texas Tech, Nebraska, Texas A&M, Arizona and Stanford.

Q: How important was it for you to get this over with before the start of the next football season?

A: I really wanted to get this out of the way so that I could focus on this off-season and my senior year as we prepare as a high school team for the next year.

Q: A couple of weeks ago you were quoted as saying that you wanted to wait a while before making a decision. What changed in the last two weeks to make you change your mind?

A: I was really hoping to receive this offer from Texas and as soon as I did I just knew that it was right. I've been to a couple of games last year and just going to the games as a recruit, I just knew it was the right thing.

Q: Can you talk about how important the Texas coaching staff was to your decision, primarily Greg Davis and Major Applewhite? How much did the possibility of playing for both coaches come into play? Or was this a decision that had more to do with the overall package that Texas offers.

A: I think it's a little bit of a culmination of both. They've got a great program. They've got a great tradition. I've also built up a great relationship with Coach Davis. I've been going to the UT football camp since I was seven years old, ever since I moved here. Obviously, it helps to feel really comfortable around all of the coaches. It's just a great atmosphere.

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