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Baylor forward Rico Gathers will attempt to become NFL TE

Baylor forward Rico Gathers will try to make the jump to the NFL despite the fact that he hasn’t played football since he was 14.
Baylor forward Rico Gathers will try to make the jump to the NFL despite the fact that he hasn’t played football since he was 14. AP

Baylor forward Rico Gathers will try to make it in the NFL after his basketball career ends. Gathers, who stands 6 foot 6 and weighs 275, hopes to become the next Antonio Gates and Jimmy Graham in making the transition to tight end.

Gathers will work with private coach George Whitfield when Baylor’s season ends.

“When his basketball season is over with, [we’ll] get a chance to put him through really some one-on-one receiving drills and try to get him up to speed,” Whitfield said. “I’m going to talk to a lot of teams here and learn the basic prerequisites for a tight end-type, obviously catching over the shoulder, both shoulders, coming back in with the ball, route running, different type of conditioning.”

Gathers averages 12.0 points and 9.8 rebounds per game in the 26 games he has played for the Bears this season. He has not played football since he was 14.

“[That] isn’t a big body of work, but it’s better than coming in green like some of the crossover guys have in the past,” Whitfield said.

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