Meadows’ QB Gosse has head, heart in game

The Meadows senior quarterback Garrett Gosse is a college football prospect turning heads for his 4.72.

That’s not his time in the 40-yard dash. It’s his weighted grade-point average.

"Coaches don’t want guys out there who are smarter than them," Mustangs coach Frank DeSantis said. "But if I make a mistake or somebody else makes a mistake, Garrett can correct it real quickly right on the field."

Gosse might be The Meadows’ best football, basketball and baseball player, but his academic resume could be even more impressive. He has a perfect math score on his SAT, a perfect math and science score on his ACT and was the school’s Junior Student of the Year.

"You stay busy. It keeps you out of trouble, and it’s a lot of fun," Gosse said of juggling school and sports. "It’s about competing and always doing your best."

Gosse’s senior football season begins at 7 p.m. today when Class 2A The Meadows hosts 3A Boulder City.

Coaches voted Gosse the state 2A Offensive Player of the Year in 2009 and a first-team all-state pick in 2010. He has thrown for 4,865 yards and 62 touchdowns in two seasons as a starter.

"Catching passes from (Gosse) is great. It’s perfect timing usually," senior receiver Max Newman said. "He always communicates and makes everything easier."

The 6-foot-3-inch Gosse also was a 2A first-team all-state forward in basketball last year and shared state 2A Most Valuable Player in baseball as a pitcher. The right-hander had an 18-strikeout game as a junior, only weeks after he averaged 22.3 points as a smooth perimeter shooter in basketball.

DeSantis, the school’s longtime football and baseball coach and athletic director, said Gosse has "got to be at the top" of athletes in the school’s history.

"He competes better than any kid I’ve been around, whether on the field or in the classroom," DeSantis said.

Gosse gets some of his athletic prowess from his father, Rick Gosse, a basketball star at UNR in the 1980s.

"I don’t think I’ve had a week off from any sport in my three years so far," Garrett Gosse said. "But every time you go to a new one, you feel fresh."

He said he’s undecided whether to pursue a career in math, science or engineering, but he plans on playing at least one sport in college. Ivy League schools have shown interest.

For now, Gosse is driven to return The Meadows to football glory. He led the Mustangs to the 2A state title in 2009 before they lost to Agassi Prep in last year’s state quarterfinals.

"A state championship, that’s the ultimate goal," Gosse said. "Senior year is what people remember you by, and I want to go out on top."

Contact reporter Tristan Aird at taird@reviewjournal.com or 702-387-5203.

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