Not only did he have arguably the greatest year statistically for a quarterback in the history of the Texas prep ranks, he also led the Lake Travis Cavaliers to a 15-1 record and the Class 4A, Division II state championship.
Having already racked up numerous all-State and all-Area honors, Gilbert can now add another award to his long list as he has been selected by Texas Prep Insider as the 2007 Class 4A Central Texas MVP on the All-Class 4A Central Texas team.
Gilbert, who recently became one of the first 2009 prospects in the nation to commit to a school with his pledge to Texas, is joined in the superlatives by his teammate and favorite target Jason Bird as the senior receiver set a new state record with 151 catches for over 1,700 yards and 25 touchdowns en route to offensive player of the year honors.
The choice for defensive player of the year was a tough one, but the honor goes to Austin LBJ defensive end Ricky Cavanaugh. Headed to Texas A&M to play linebacker, Cavanaugh wrapped up his stellar career with an all-State season that included 137 tackles and 21 sacks.
Cavanaugh's coach, Claude Mathis, is the coach of the year after taking the Jaguars to the state quarterfinals. Taking over a team that was just 3-7 the year before his arrival, all three of Mathis' seasons at LBJ have gotten the Jags back among the elite programs in Central Texas, including this season with a co-championship in 17-4A and a 10-3 record.
Newcomer of the year honors go to Waco Midway's John Hubert, who was the MVP in District 16-4A after leading the Panthers to the playoffs with a monster debut season that saw him run for over 1,700 yards and 22 touchdowns.