"Clemson Is Still My Leader"

It appears as though the Tigers' loss to Georgia last Saturday hasn't hurt their recruiting efforts just yet. CUTigers.com checked in with Maryland offensive lineman Ben Gabbard to get his thoughts on the game Saturday and to see if he is any closer to a commitment.

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

After a dismal performance last Saturday afternoon against the nation's ninth ranked team, did the Tigers hurt their chances with Maryland offensive lineman Ben Gabbard?

"I watched it. They were playing Georgia. That says something. They were not playing some school nobody had heard of. I did see some good things. When the offense was doing things right they were able to move the ball well. They just couldn't put it in the endzone when they got close."

So did Saturday's performance have any impact on his favorite?

"I don't think anything has changed. Clemson is still leader. I still really like them. That game won't have much of an impact." Gabbard continues to get interest from Wake Forest, Virginia Tech, North Carolina, Stanford and Duke.

Gabbard couldn't wait for the coaches to call this week; instead he decided to call them last week. "I did call them a few days ago. I just wanted to check with them. I talked to coach Lovett and coach West."

Although the Tigers are clearly the leader, the Annapolis lineman is not ready to make a commitment. "I'm still going to wait it out as long as I can," stated Gabbard.

The 6-5, 305 pound lineman is ready to get his season underway on Friday. "My first game is Friday. I'm really excited. "Our team is looking pretty good. I will be playing center this year."

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

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