Ballwin (Mo.) Parkway West dual-threat quarterback Blaine Gabbert isn't having much problem racking up scholarship offers and interest from schools across the country.
The 6-foot-4, 220-pound signal caller threw for 1,523 yards and 20 touchdowns as a junior while rushing for 458 and eight more scores. That has earned him scholarship offers from the likes of Clemson, Iowa, Kansas State, Missouri, and Miami of Ohio. Two more may be around the corner and visits are on the horizon as well.
"I think Alabama and Nebraska are next to offer," Gabbert said. "I'm going to Nebraska on Thursday, Iowa on Friday, and then Alabama at some point but I don't know when."
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Gabbert says that he speaks with Alabama coach Major Applewhite somewhat frequently and also Shawn Watson and Kevin Cosgrove from Nebraska.
"Well I've got the visit to Nebraska coming up and coach Applewhite from Alabama says that he likes what he sees from me," Gabbert said. "I'm supposed to talk with coach (Nick) Saban sometime. I don't know what that means, but hopefully it's good."
As for favorite schools, Gabbert says he remains open. That doesn't mean he isn't planning to narrow his list and make a commitment somewhat soon.
"I'm open for a little bit," Gabbert said. "I really don't know when I'll be narrowing things down, but I'd say I'll decide in weeks or in a month. I want to get it out of the way and know where I'm going to be set to go to."
Some of the things that Gabbert will be looking for include academics and the chance to play early.
"It's mainly academics to me right now," he said. "You have to go to school because football could end any day. Playing time is up there too because I want to see how early I could play at each particular school."
Gabbert also says he recently is going through baseball tryouts and also plans to attend the Rivals.com Junior Day in Columbia, Mo., this Saturday.