2012 Lake Travis WR/TE Griffin Gilbert before a game against Aledo (photo by the author).
Needs -- One
||6-3, 230. Darrell Wyatt apparently stopped by Guyer and got film on him. Listed as an ILB by Rivals, Ramacher could also get a look at FB/TE/H-back. Moves well for his size, has good feet, looks willing to block, highly effective doing so in space. Overall a strong athlete for his size. Looks smaller than listed on film, though; more H-back/FB than TE in college. Can't see much of his hands. Can he catch the ball away from his body? Could be a possible target. Video.
||Unlikely (as TE)
||6-3, 236. Also plays defensive end for Mansfield and is being recruited as a DE or 3-4 OLB by A&M. The only video provides little. Wants to commit soon. Ridgeway does not currently have a Junior Day invite from Texas. Could commit at an LSU Junior Day.|
||On the very fringes of the radar because of his lack of speed (4.8-4.9 40 last summer) and weight (200 pounds last summer). Strong in the red zone. Developmental project at TE, could play the flex or as an H-back. Receiving interest from Tulsa and Texas Tech.
Names to know -- Um, the list above is stretching things far enough.
Overview -- It sounds like schools are looking at Ridgeway on the defensive side and there's not much in terms of highlights on him. Gilbert is on the fringes of the radar. There really isn't much in state at the tight end position right now, so looks like Ramacher is currently the best option available. Otherwise, Texas will have to go out of state or wait and keep on evaluating players around the state in hopes that someone emerges onto the radar.
Wish list --
- Unidentified Mythical TE Savior
After watching his highlights, Ramacher looks like a slightly taller, more tight end-y Joe Bergeron. Terrible comparison, right? Well, the point is that Ramacher played virtually everywhere at Guyer and has the athleticism and willingness to block that makes him a solid projection to remain just as versatile in college. The guess here is that Bryan Harsin will like his versatility and that could be enough to land an offer.