Baylor Bears power forward Rico Gathers has chosen to declare for the upcoming NFL Draft rather than play a season of college football at Baylor, according to CBS Sports. This refutes a report from The Houston Chronicle that Gathers would play tight end for Art Briles next season.
“He says his intent is to play for the NFL, not at Baylor,” a school spokesman confirmed.
A former four-star recruit from the New Orleans area, the 6-foot-8, 275 pound Gathers has spent the past four years with Baylor’s basketball team and has developed into a dominant big man, averaging 8.5 points and 8.1 rebounds per game over that stretch. A video surfaced last week where he threw a 40 yard pass to himself, showing his NFL potential to the masses.
And college basketball players have been able to make the jump to the NFL to play tight end, namely Antonio Gates and Jimmy Graham, but Gathers’ path will surely be rocky. Baylor’s pro day is on March 16, and that’s the day before the NCAA Tournament starts. Naturally, Gathers will miss it.
Thus, though he may have to get creative in terms of showing NFL scouts and executives what he can do, Gathers has a dream and will clearly stop at nothing to make it come true in spite of his not playing organized football since age 14.
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