If there is one player in Texas that Nevada would love to become their first ever Lone Star state commitment it would be Cypress Creek tight end Jarred Gipson. A rising 6-foot-2, 220-pound prospect, Gipson could very well be the ideal fit for the Wolf Pack’s high-octane Pistol offense. He’s athletic, explosive and a devastating blocker. Once you watch a touch of his film, fans of the Silver and Blue will instantly be reminded of departing senior Virgil Green, one of college football’s best TE prospects who will suit up on Sunday’s for the Denver Broncos in the near future.
As all Pack fans know, Green set the bar extremely high for future Nevada tight ends. His strength, speed and workhorse ability made the Pistol offense even more dynamic, as he was a threat on every play. That’s probably the beauty of playing TE at Nevada as well; the involvement of the position on every play. A number of Wolf Pack coaches have spoken in the past about the importance of the tight end in both the passing game and running game, with each play bringing a challenge. Nevada also uses their tight ends as ball carriers from time to time on end-arounds.
Thanks in part to Green, few programs in the country have accounted for more total yards and points than the Pack over the past three years. In fact, Nevada is the only program in the country to rush for 12,000 yards since the beginning of the 2008 season.
Of course, Green came to Nevada as a 6-foot-2, 220-pound tight end prospect himself. We saw him at the prep level and thought he had amazing versatility, which is very similar to Gipson. Gipson does everything from taking defenders out of lanes, creating space in the passing games, running down the seams and returning kicks and punts for big plays.
The Cypress Creek standout’s video does plenty of talking. Check out No. 14 below;
That’s a pretty impressive video, especially for fans of the Pistol offense who know the value of the tight end. Gipson posted 20 catches for 398 yards, and scored three times. What the video also shows is that Cypress Creek runs the Pistol offense, and that’s where Gipson’s recruitment gets extremely interesting.
“Yes, we run the Pistol,” Gipson confirmed. ”We’ve been running it for two years, and our coaches have gone out there in order to learn it. I really had no idea when I was a sophomore, you know, before the season started what it was all about. But our tight ends coach, who also coaches the O-Line, told me that the Nevada Pistol was going to be perfect for me.
“That’s why I’ve always liked Nevada, and I honestly couldn’t imagine a better fit. It was great when they offered.”
Gipson’s video certainly turned our heads, and even though he hasn’t received a ton of recruiting attention, he knows the Nevada offer is all he really needed. He also holds an offer from Texas State, plus two D-II schools.
“Some schools are recruiting me as an athlete,” Gipson added. “Utah, they like me on special teams and see me as a fullback. Others like me as an H-back. But Nevada and Coach (Andy) Buh, who is my leading recruiter, has told me that I’d be a tight end with the Pack. And that’s great with me. That’s what I like to do.
“I like to hit people. I love playing in the Pistol, and that’s why they are on top.”