Cypress (Texas) Springs coach Robert Blackshear knows a thing or two about sleeper recruits making serious moves on the recruiting front. Last year, his defensive end Emanuel Phillips came out of nowhere and became a heated battle between several Big 12 schools. This year, he has another prospect starting to make waves. That prospect is tight end Amos Gbunblee.
Gbunblee, who is 6-foot-4 and 237 pounds, might be a tough name to say, but it’s easy to see why the college coaches are starting to take a liking to him.
“He’s a big kid that can run,” Blackshear said. “Amos has run the a 2 minute, 2 second 800 meters and he’s only played football for three years. I think with him you’re basically looking at what is ahead of him.”
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That’s because last year there wasn’t much to look at stat wise. Gbunblee caught less than 10 passes, but that’s going to change this year, Blackshear said.
“He came on late in the year,” Blackshear said. “He just got better and better every week as we went along. We plan to use him this year as a tight end and split receiver. He’s gotten so much better.”
But he’s already good enough to have earned scholarship offers from Georgia Tech, Wisconsin, Missouri, Baylor and Houston. Blackshear said he expects more Big 12 powers and other teams that recruit Houston to quickly catch on that Gbunblee is a diamond in the rough that is just getting his polish.
“As long as we as coaches don’t mess him up, he’ll be a very good college player,” Blackshear joked. “He has already been nominated for the Houston Touchdown Club’s preseason player of the year award. We were told that he’s the only tight end on the list so far.
“As a defensive coach like I am, I know what it’s like to have to deal with a good tight end. Those guys can change things up. I think he’s got really good feet and he’s got soft hands. It’s all ahead of him. And with his frame, he should be able to add muscle and get bigger and stronger.”
No doubt the tools are there and it’s going to be fun to watch and see how much Gbunblee shoots up the charts with the college coaches.
“Come down here and watch him and you’ll see,” Blackshear said. “This kid is special.”