TE Craig Gelhardt
6-3, 239, 4.8
Lincoln High School
The 6-3, 239 pound prospect is not ready to go on record with a leader but he does have 4 favorites. "My top 4 would be Clemson, Wake, North Carolina, and Florida State," stated the prize recruit. Clemson is the only favorite that has offered, but he is receiving strong interest from the other 3 who have said they will wait till after the season to make a decision.
The Lincoln High School star visited Clemson with his family over the summer and he came away very impressed.
"We went up over the summer and visited the campus and talked to the coaches. Clemson has a beautiful campus. I love the town. I like the fact that it is a small town during the week and then they get 80,000 there on Saturdays for the games. The stadium is beautiful also."
Gelhardt has been invited to the CaliFlorida Bowl in LA on January 2. The bowl game matches many of the top players from Florida against the best from California.
Coach Dabo Swinney is recruiting the talented tight end for the Tigers. "Coach Swinney is a cool guy. He called a few weeks ago about setting up the official visit. I will be going up on January 9th, which is my dad's birthday. I will be coming with my mom and dad."
Will distance be a factor that Gelhardt will consider when deciding where to play college football? "I wouldn't want to go too far west. I'm willing to go north. I don't want to be to far from home."
Gelhardt has relatives in North Carolina and Atlanta. "Clemson is near aunt and my grandmother in High Point, North Carolina. I also have an aunt and uncle in Atlanta."
The Clemson Tigers are also recruiting Gelhardt's teammate Danny Muy. Would the star tight end like to play next season with his teammate? "It would be nice but we haven't really talked about it," stated Gelhardt.
"At the beginning of the season I was moved to tackle because of injuries but I have been playing tight end for the last 8 games. I am also the long snapper." Lincoln High is 9-2 on the season and they are fresh off a 35-0 playoff victory.
When does the talented senior expect to make a commitment? "I'm not sure at this point. I want to finish the season and then I'll start thinking about it pretty hard."
We will continue to keep you updated on this outstanding tight end from Florida, right up through signing day 2004.
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