Tigers Lead Big for Maryland OL

Ben Gabbard, one of the top offensive lineman in Maryland, has the Clemson Tigers as his clear-cut leader heading into the heart of summer. We talked with the rising senior just after he returned from camping at Clemson this weekend.

OL Ben Gabbard
6-5, 305, 5.2
Broadneck Senior High School
Broadneck, Maryland

Coach Lovett is recruiting this outstanding lineman from Broadneck, Maryland who currently has verbal offers from Clemson and Towson State. That offer list should grow over the coming weeks as Maryland and Georgia Tech are both showing a great deal of interest. Clemson, Maryland, West Virginia, Georgia Tech and the Naval Academy are the current top 5.

"As it stands right now, Clemson is my number 1 choice," said Gabbard.

The 6-5 and 305 pound lineman was an honorable mention all-state selection as a junior. Gabbard expects to play center this season but believes he is flexible enough to play anywhere on the offensive line.

Quickness is what separates Gabbard from other lineman his size. " I would say I can move pretty quick considering how big I am. I've beaten most guys off the ball. That's an easy way to block a lot of people."

The long drive caused Gabbard to arrive late for camp Saturday morning so he did not get his current weight. He did arrive in time to run a 5.3 forty on a very wet field. Gabbard came away very impressed with the Clemson coaches.

"I really liked the coaches. I found out one of my mom's cousins went to high school with coach West. My moms cousin is the best friend of the offensive line coach's wife. He seemed like a really good coach. Someone I would enjoy playing for."

"I prefer to play in the south. I have family all over the place," stated Gabbard. He has an aunt and uncle in Columbia, South Carolina.

Gabbard came away very impressed with his first trip to Clemson.

"I was really impressed by it. I like how it's not a busy town. Kind of like in a quiet area. I like a small town."

Academics will be a major factor that Gabbard will consider when determining where he will play college football. "I would like to major in government, political science or engineering. I understand Clemson has strong programs in these areas."

The next few weeks will be very busy for this bigtime lineman. Gabbard plans to camp at Maryland, West Virginia, Penn State and Georgia Tech over the next few weeks.

We will continue to keep you updated on this outstanding lineman prospect, right up through signing day 2004.

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