CAMP: Gilbert Focused on Improving

BERKELEY, Calif. -- After a limited sophomore season thanks to a pair of stress fractures, Bellflower (Calif.) St. John Bosco wide receiver Kristian Gilbert is using the summer to improve his skills and his stock.

BERKELEY, Calif. -- Bellflower (Calif.) St. John Bosco wide receiver Kristian Gilbert played in just three games last season before stress fractures in both his shins benched him for all but one remaining game. In those four games, Gilbert recorded nine catches for 115 yards. With top receivers Anselem Umeh and Jared Harrell returning, the 5-foot-10.5, 180-pound Gilbert will have to fight for time. This summer, he’s laser-focused on improving. On Saturday, he did just that at California’s one-day skill position camp.

“I think I did well, but there’s always room for improvement, so I’m just looking for the next best thing, how to get better,” Gilbert said. “Just to keep working hard, always work hard, and just to see what’s coming up at the next level, to see what you need to do to get to the next level, that’s why I come out here.”

Gilbert certainly has the right coach on his side, studying under the tutelage of Brian Treggs -- a Cal Athletic Hall of Famer and father to senior receiver Bryce Treggs, who helped coach him during Saturday’s camp.

“Oh, I was very excited,” Gilbert said of working with the younger Treggs, before turning his comments to the elder. “He’s one of the main reasons I came to Bosco. From what I heard, he was a great receiver coach, and when I got there, he backed it up. I’m really happy with him. He’s a great coach.”

Given his relationship with the Treggs family, it’s no surprise that he calls Cal his “No. 1 school.”

“It’s my dream school, more than anything,” he said. “It’s not just a football-oriented school. It’s academics, and for me, academics are No. 1. I have a 3.5 right now, because academics are No. 1, over anything. Just being here, the atmosphere, you come out here with a degree from Cal, you’re pretty much set for life, and that’s what I’m looking for.”

Missing out on much of his sophomore season because of those stress fractures has helped to dial Gilbert in to what his real priorities are. Those fractures were the result of him running an exhaustive program in track, where he ran the 110 hurdles, 300 hurdles, 4x400 relay and 4x100 relay. His track days, Gilbert said, are over, for now.

“I’ll probably come back senior year, try to get faster for college,” he said. “It took a toll on my body, and I have really flat feet, which sucks. Unfortunately, my sophomore season didn’t go the way I wanted it to, but all I’ve got to do is keep working hard, and hopefully, I get to the place where I want to be at, which is here. I talked to the [track] coach. He really wanted me this year, but I told him that I’ve got to focus on football, because football is my No. 1.”

USC, Utah, Miami and UCLA are all taking looks at Gilbert, but he’s dead set on getting his name out there this summer.

“I’ll probably go to an Oregon camp. I want to go to a UCLA camp,” he said. “I’m going to a camp next week called the SoCal Elite Camp, and all the schools that I named – 50 colleges are going to be there, so hopefully, I can showcase my talent there.”


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