Now that four-star tight end Griffin Gilbert (Austin, Texas/Lake Travis) has helped make history on the high school level, he is now focusing his attention on helping TCU make history on the college level.
The Horned Frogs commit and the nation’s eighth-ranked tight end, in front of 32,314 fans at Cowboys Stadium, did his part in leading Lake Travis to its fifth consecutive Texas football state championship on Dec. 16. No other team in Texas high school football history has achieved that mark.
“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].”
Griffin Gilbert was an all-state honorable mention in 2011, recording 54 receptions for 992 yards and 16 touchdowns as both a split receiver and tight end. He caught four balls for 53 yards and a touchdown in Lake Travis’ 22-7 win over Midway (Waco, Texas) in this year’s Texas Class 4A Division I state final.