April 8, 2012

Gatlin Doing His Research

The Houston Cougars officially got their 2013 recruiting class started a little over a week ago when they picked up the commitments of Shreveport (LA) Evangel Christian offensive tackle Josh Thomas and Houston (TX) Bellaire running back Denzell Evans following their Junior Day.

With those two in the fold and a host of offers out to some of the top prospects in the country the watch begins again for who their next verbal commitment will come from. One player they have been in contact with but have not offered is Ruston (LA) quarterback C.J. Gatlin who has been hearing from a lot of schools but has yet to snag his first offer.

"Ive been hearing from Mississippi State, Ole Miss, Houston, Louisiana Tech, Tulane, Memphis, Texas A&M and some others," said the 6-foot-3, 217 pound signal caller. "I do not have any offers yet and I don't really have n idea who might be close."

Gatlin who was on his spring break last week chose to make the rounds and visit some schools that has shown him interest, including taking in Houston's practice on Thursday and their scrimmage Saturday morning.

I've just been visiting some schools and checking things out," he said. "I've gone and checked out Houston, (Texas) A&M, Ole Miss and Mississippi State. I visited Tulane during the school year last year and I was supposed to check out Louisiana-Laffayette and Baylor but those trips fell through."

Rustin's spring break is up and it will soon be time for the team to focus on getting better for next season as they begin spring workouts soon.

"We start spring ball early in May," said Gatlin. I know we have 10 practices and we have a spring game."

Gatlin lead's Ruston's spread attack on the field and says that is one thing he would like to continue once he picks his collegeiate destination.

"I want to remain in a spread attack," he said. "I've been checking out the coaching staff's at schools as well as what type of offense each school runs."

Gatlin played his junior year at Alexandria (LA) High School, throwing for more than 2,200 yards and 17 touchdowns leading them to the quarterfinals of the state playoffs. He transferred to Ruston in January along with his father who became an assistant coach with Ruston.

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