The dream of becoming a star began with a signed foam finger.

CSU verbal commit Matthew Baldwin was 8 or 9 when Lake Travis High School quarterback Garrett Gilbert gave Baldwin what he called “the greatest thing ever” with the autographed paraphernalia.

Gilbert went on to play college football at Texas and SMU and is now a Carolina Panther.

Meanwhile, Baldwin continued to grow up in Austin, watching his local school become one of the top programs in Texas, winning five straight state titles (2007-11).

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