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Texas ATH close to offers

Richardson (Texas) Berkner athlete Gerald Gafford does a little bit of everything for the Rams. At times he plays running back, receiver, cornerback, safety and also returns kicks and punts. Because of his versatility, several schools have taken notice of his abilities.
The 5-foot-11, 175-pound junior has piqued the interest of a number of schools. Though he has not yet received his first offer, it might not be too much longer until he does.
"I haven't gotten any offers just yet," Gafford said. "A lot of schools are showing me a lot of interest though. Oregon is looking at me heavily. They say I'm one of their top recruits on their board. Baylor said, after the spring period, they would be close to offering me. Oklahoma State is showing a lot of interest too."
Gafford has made unofficial visits to three campuses so far this spring and hopes to see another one soon as well.
"I've been to Baylor's junior day, Oklahoma State's junior day and Texas A&M's junior day," he said. "I'm probably going down to Ole Miss for their junior day as well.
"They were all really good. All of them had great facilities. I was impressed with Baylor; I was really impressed with Baylor. Oklahoma State, I liked it there a lot too. I talked to the coaches at all the places. I talked to coach (Jason) Jones at Oklahoma State, coach (Jim) Gush and coach (Art) Briles at Baylor and coach (Randy) Jordan at A&M."
While his ability to play a number of positions is what has attracted the interest of colleges, Gafford feels it could also be holding them back a bit as well.
"Everybody's looking at me for special teams as a return man," he said. "Some are looking at me as a cornerback or safety type and others as a receiver. I'm classified as an athlete and they don't know exactly where to put me yet. I think that's why I don't have any offers just yet. They want to find a specific position for me before they offer.
"A lot of schools want to see me in the spring and then decide. It really doesn't matter to me what position. I just want to play. Everybody keeps telling me it's better to give than to receive so I've been leaning towards defense. When I go to the NIKE camp next month I plan to work out at DB."
Gafford says it is too early in the process to name any favorites.
"At the moment I can't really say," he said. "There are a lot of really good schools. I can't really sort the schools out until I meet everybody and get a chance to see all of them."