Two generations of Logan Gamble’s family have gone to California – including his paternal grandparents (who met at Berkeley) and his two uncles.
If that sounds familiar, it should. 2015 wide receiver signee Austin Aaron is a third-generation Bear, as well, and there are more than a few similarities between the 6-foot-5, 200-pound Aaron and the 6-foot-6, 200-pound Gamble, who committed on Monday.
From Director of Recruiting Brandon Huffman’s signing day scouting report on Aaron: “Has very good body control and adjusts to passes well and isn't afraid to go over the middle. Can play inside as a Y or split out wide. Doesn't have blazing speed, but is fast enough.”
West Coast Analyst Greg Biggins’s scouting report on Gamble: “First thing that jumps out about Gamble is his toughness. Whether he's playing offense or defense, he's a physical kid who loves contact. As a WR, he has great size, is a huge target, catches the ball well and can do something with it after the catch. He can get behind a defense, he has sneaky speed, high points the ball and has excellent body control. He uses his size very well and should be a huge red zone threat.”
Gamble already plays in a hurry-up, shotgun, no-huddle spread offense akin to the Bear Raid, but he’s seen most of his time on offense at outside receiver, against defensive backs much smaller than him. It’s hard to judge much on film, particularly because he also plays outside linebacker, but the fundamental ball skills are certainly there, and even at the college level, he’s going to provide a lot of mismatches.
Gamble says he won’t push his coaches to give him more time on the inside – which is where he will play for Jacob Peeler and the Bears – but he will train more at the Y position. Why won’t he ask for more time at his future spot? He’s all about his Long Beach (Calif.) St. Anthony team.
“I’m still a St. Anthony Saint for this year, and I’m still playing for purple and white, so I’m focused on winning a championship for them,” Gamble says. “Whatever needs to get done, I’ll do it for them.”
There’s no single receiver that Gamble models himself after, but he does look up to bigger NFL receivers as templates, and while at 6-foot-6, 200 pounds, he’s not quite the size he’ll need to be to take on linebackers in the Pac-12, he has plenty of good growth left. His father Peter graduated high school at 6-foot-4, 170 pounds, and four years later, he weighed 230 pounds.
“There’s not anybody in particular that I’m saying, ‘Oh, I need to be like this person,’ but there are a lot of receivers that I look up to, like Calvin Johnson, who’s a big-body person, Andre Johnson – basically all the receivers over 6-4,” Gamble says. “Their technique and their fundamentals have to be the same as mine.”
Gamble also has some vertical game to add to his already lengthy frame, as he’s played basketball for the Saints, as well. He will not be continuing his exploits on the hardwood this coming year, as he works on adding weight.
“They’re not worried about that, actually,” Gamble says of how big the Cal coaching staff wants him by the time they get their hands on him. “They know I’m growing, steadily, and I’ve gained 10 pounds since the season ended, so I’m growing at a steady pace … My dad put on 60 pounds in four years, and he was smaller than me, so I can probably get up to 235, 240 by my sophomore year.”