Tech in Top Two for Gilbert

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Monacan (Richmond, VA) offensive tackle Justin Gilbert has taken some time away from the recruiting process over the past few weeks, choosing instead to focus on his senior season, which begins tomorrow night versus Mills Godwin. A decision likely isn’t too far off for the 6-5, 280-pound prospect, though, and two schools currently top his list.

“Right now, [Virginia] Tech and Maryland are probably right there even,” Gilbert said. “With football starting, it has really been out of my mind for the past couple of weeks.”

Gilbert has been offered by the Hokies and the Terrapins as well as James Madison and Richmond, among others. Boston College and Clemson are among the major Division 1A programs expressing heavy interest and the talented big man has spoken with coaches from each of those schools this month.

For now, Gilbert is focused on the two favorites. He made an unofficial visit to the University of Maryland last month for preseason practice and plans to visit Virginia Tech for the Ohio game later this month.

“When I went up to Maryland, it was good,” said Gilbert, who has also been to Maryland’s spring game and summer camp. “It was their scrimmage. They weren’t really personal with me except for in the beginning because they had to go through their scrimmage, but they talked to me a lot in the beginning and actually talked to me a lot in the end. I got to talk to Coach Friedgen for a little while. So, I mean, it went real well up there. I like the coaches at Maryland and the line coach is my recruiter so I’m a little more personal with him than I am with the guys at Tech. I’ve talked to them a lot longer than the Tech coaches.

“Me and my dad want to get up to Tech for a couple of games and get to know the coaches. That way, I can actually put them on an equal basis and not have a favorite just because I’ve been there more.”

Gilbert attended both of Virginia Tech’s one-day camps in late spring/summer. He wasn’t pleased with his performance in the first camp, which was a major reason why he returned for the second. After turning in an excellent performance,