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KLEIN CAIN OFFENSIVE LINEMAN GIBSON PYLE IS “THAT” DUDE.
Standing at 6-feet 5-inches, it’s hard to miss Pyle when he steps onto the field, and he’s gotten plenty of recognition for his efforts.
The Nebraska-commit and All-American is looking forward to his final year at Cain.
Welcome to the 411, where we get a more in- depth look at Cain senior star Gibson Pyle.
VYPE: Talk about your tenure at Cain.
PYLE: “It’s been a great time here at Cain, starting as a sophomore. We’re definitely going for another district title and looking for an undefeated season. It took a lot of hard work to get here, but I’m proud and excited for this last ride.”
VYPE: What do you feel like you’ve improved on over the summer?
PYLE: “Definitely my overall strength, speed, and my knowledge of the game. I’ve talked with my coach about it and improving my football IQ enables me to play faster.”
VYPE: You’re also an All- American recipient and will play in the All-American game. What does that mean to you?
PYLE: “It means everything to me. I remember years back, watching the All- American Game with my Dad and saying, ‘I want to play in that one day’. To go out there and earn that invite, it’s a huge honor.”
VYPE: Talk about Nebraska. What did you love about it? How excited are you to go there?
PYLE: “Nebraska just feels like home. I took a bunch of visits to several schools and Nebraska stood out the most. There’s a home environment with what Coach [Matt] Rhule is doing there. It’s truly amazing. I think that they are going to shock the world this year.”
VYPE: Outside of football, what do you have interest in?
PYLE: “I like to spend time with my family and friends. My stepdad has a lake house, so I like to go up there to tube, water ski and spend time in the water. That’s something I really like to do.”
VYPE: When you’re watching football, who do you like to watch?
PYLE: “Quenton Nelson (Indianapolis Colts). He’s probably my favorite player. He’s just a mean offensive guard. Then, there’s Tyron Smith (Dallas Cowboys). As soon as I started playing O-Line, he was one guy I tried to model my game after.”
VYPE: Offensive linemen don’t really get all the love, but they’re so important to the game. What is it like having that behind-the-scenes type of workmanship?
PYLE: “There’s really no other position like it. There are five guys working together, and you’re only as strong as that weakest guy. So, it’s definitely an interesting position. I love everything about it. You may not get your name in the paper all the time or get the glory, but it’s a really fun position and it’s a brotherhood.”
KLEIN COLLINS SENIOR CHRIS GANT JR. ALWAYS HAS A PLAN.
Having grown up in an athletic family, the dream has always been to be a Division I athlete dating back to elementary school.
“I’ve been in pads for as long as I can remember,” he said. “I just love the game and now that I have the opportunity to play in college... I’ve been praying for this. I have put so much work into my craft and it has paid off.”
The 5-foot, 10-inch defensive back has verbally committed to the University of North Texas and will be on campus in 2024.
“I really like their scheme on defense, and I see that they have a plan for me,” he said. “They also offer architectural engineering, and that is what I want to pursue as a career.”
Maybe he should be in marketing? Gant has taken advantage of his popularity and built his own brand... CG13.
“With NIL becoming so popular, I just thought I should create my own brand and get ahead of the process,” he said. “It was just for fun at first, but then it started to be a little business. I do jackets, hoodies, hats – things like that.”
Gant’s father, Chris Gant, was a star at the University of Pittsburgh for basketball, and Junior only recently hung up the high tops.
“I played basketball until my junior year, and it really helps your football skills,” he said. “Your reaction time and footwork are so
important in basketball, and the safety position is very similar to playing defense on the court. I’m glad I kept with it.
“My Dad has always coached me up my entire life and has guided me through my athletic career. He’s been at this level and has given me some great advice.”
As he embarks on his last season of high school football, he has set some lofty goals.
“Klein Collins has never been to State, and that is our goal,” he said. “We have the talent and the chemistry to do it. I also just want to have fun with my guys one last time. This feels like the stuff you see in movies, right?
“I’m looking to get six interceptions and about 70 tackles. I’m going to leave it all out there.”
Sounds like a plan, my man.