Jersey Village, Texas, tight end Gabe Ratcliff is ranked as one of the top 20 tight ends in the nation and he has the offers to prove it. But it’s one offer that’s missing that is causing him to keep from making a decision.
“I really like Texas,” Ratcliff, who is 6-foot-3 and 230 pounds, said. “That’s my No. 1 team, but they haven’t offered. I went to the camp, but I didn’t bring my physical, so I couldn’t run the 40-yard dash. I was able to work out in the one-on-one drills and do some other drips. I guess they know that I’m good, but not really sure how good. I get a couple of letters from coach Drake every week and he’s done a good job of letting me know where I stand.
“He’s telling me to keep doing what I’m doing.”
But he does have other offers on the table that are appealing, too. With teams like North Carolina, Colorado, Texas A&M, Oklahoma State, Pittsburgh and Arizona offering him early, he said he’s not just limiting himself to looking at Texas.
“Texas is where I want to go, but I also really like Colorado and Arizona,” Ratcliff said. “Colorado likes to use their tight ends really well and Arizona has a bunch of guys from Texas on their team.”
Between getting ready for the season, Ratcliff has been working at Wendy’s.
“It’s biggie size all the time,” he said with a laugh. “I work the drive-thru and it’s pretty fun. I like getting to meet neat people and I get to sample the food.”