Gilbert's options

Garrett Gilbert is looking for a fresh start.

He might not have to look far.

The former Texas quarterback has reportedly been to an SMU practice already, and the Mustangs might present the prefect fit for the former high school All-American.

Gilbert, because of his injury and his situation, might even be able to petition the NCAA to be eligible next season.

That would be the best-case scenario for Gilbert. SMU has a senior quarterback, so when spring rolls around and Gilbert is enrolled, he will be on equal or close to equal footing with everyone else.

Provided this season is taken as a medical redshirt and the NCAA accepts his petition, Gilbert would have two years with SMU and coach June Jones.

Jones is considered one of the top quarterback coaches in the country. Look what he did with Timmy Chang and Colt Brennan in Hawaii. Neither of those guys had Gilbert's arm or size, though both were gamers. To date, Gilbert has yet to prove he is that type of quarterback.

The BCS title game doesn’t count, no matter how rose-colored your glasses are. He threw four picks in that game.

But there is no doubt Gilbert is immensely talented. He was the national player of the year in high school and finished his three-year career at Lake Travis as the all-time leader in passing yards in Texas.

If Jones could channel that talent, SMU might have a lethal passing attack.

There are other options for Gilbert as well. His younger brother, Griffin, has committed to TCU. Obviously TCU is another program where Garrett might thrive. But the Horned Frogs have Casey Pachall, a sophomore, at quarterback. That situation might not be as easy to step into as SMU.

His former high school coach, Chad Miller, is now at Clemson. But it would be hard for Gilbert to step into a high-level BCS program and thrive. Of course there are options like Texas State and Sam Houston out there as well.

But looking at the landscape, SMU appears to make the most sense for Gilbert and for the Mustangs.