QB TYLER GABBERT 6'0" 190 Ballwin (MO) Parkway West
Gabbert is a highly-coveted quarterback prospect who is billed as having a quick release and a compact throwing motion, which helps him make plays from all over the field. He graduated early from high school, and is currently enrolled in spring semester classes at Mizzou, and will be able to take part in spring drills when camp opens this March. He has displayed outstanding footwork and a solid pocket presence. Gabbert is ranked by Scout.com as the nation's No. 12 overall quarterback prospect. He threw for 1,000 yards and eight touchdowns as a senior in 2009, while adding two scores and 225 yards on the ground. He won 2nd-Team All-Conference honors in each of his last two seasons. As a junior in 2008, he compiled over 1,900 passing yards to go with 18 touchdowns in the air, and another 700 passing yards and six scores as a sophomore. He was also an outstanding baseball player who hit .370 as a second baseman.
His high school coach is Jeff Duncan, and his parents are Chuck and Bev Gabbert. Tyler's interested in studying finance at Mizzou's renowned School of Business, and he lists fishing and hanging out with his family and friends as his hobbies. He chose Mizzou over Nebraska, Iowa, Wake Forest, Oregon, and Kansas, among many others.
"Tyler is a very polished quarterback that is very fundamentally sound." said Parkway West head coach Jeff Duncan, who came to PW Gabbert's senior year. " He has great footwork and a tremendous arm. Tyler's running ability is something that probably goes unnoticed, but he showed the ability to make plays with his feet when called upon. Tyler is a fierce competitor and will work very hard to earn his spot with the Tigers."
Elite Football Academy's Matt Biermann has coached and trained both Tyler and Blaine Gabbert for years. He first started coaching Tyler as a 5th grader.
" I first met Tyler as a 5th grader playing a year up with older kids. He was younger and smaller then everybody else, but he took control and that team went undefeated through middle school."
Biermann also said that Tyler was a national punt,pass and kick champion and has continued to bring that competitive nature and work ethic with him into college.
"Tyler is one of the biggest competitors I have ever seen. Whether it has been with his brother or anyone else, he wants it his way and he wants to win and will do whatever it takes to be the best. He is a student of the game and has worked hard on his accuracy,footwork and release. He has one of the quickest releases you will ever see. Plus, he has tremendous arm strength for his size. It has been no problem for him to throw it 70-75 yards."
Missouri assistant coach, Cornell Ford recruits the St. Louis area, and talked about Gabbert. "He has a great release, and quick feet. The thing I like about Tyler, is he is a true competitor."
Coach Ford joked about how they had set it up for Tyler to commit to Nebraska, then switch to Missouri, just to "play around with them".
JP: "I have watched Tyler for three years now and you recognize that he is a well schooled technician out there on the field. He knows the plays, know how they work and when they will work and uses his skills to his advantage. He sees the field well and is very quick and accurate in his passing. He appears to have a lot of the same athleticism of Blaine but just in a smaller body."
Greg: "While Tyler Gabbert doesn't possess the size or staight ahead footspeed of his older brother Blaine, those who have coached them both consider Tyler to have similar arm strength, and a quick release, comparable to Blaine, and that Tyler has better footwork and is a more accurate passer. It's generally considered that Tyler is best suited to play in a spread offense like Missouri's.