Lovett Visits Elsmore Gabriel

Coach John Lovett visited Clemson commitment Elsmore Gabriel last week at his New York home. Is the Brooklyn, New York star still committed to the Tigers? We've got the latest in this recruiting update.

DT/LB Elsmore Gabriel
6-5, 254, 4.75
Christ the King High School
Brooklyn, New York

On December 1st, Clemson defensive coordinator John Lovett visited the home of verbal commitment Elsmore Gabriel and by all accounts, the visit was great.

"It went real good. It was as good as I expected it to be. He gave me a run down on the season. He told me what to be prepared for next year. I will be the only guy down there from Brooklyn."

The 6-5, 260 pound prospect only played in 4 games this season because of a broken foot but he still was a dominating force on the field.

Gabriel had 7 tackles, 1 sack and 1 fumble recovery during his first game before injuring his foot. After missing the middle part of the season, he returned for the final 3 games and registered 30 tackles, 9 sacks, 3 forced fumbles and 3 fumble recoveries.

The focus for Gabriel will now turn to the hardwood, as he gets set to play his last year of high school basketball. "I play power forward. I'm practicing now but not playing yet. Maybe by Christmas I'll be playing."

While Gabriel gets ready for his last year of basketball, the question on everyone's mind is the standout defensive lineman still firm with his commitment to Clemson? "Yes, it's still firm," stated the prize recruit.

Gabriel also stated that he followed the Tigers closely during their stretch run of the 2003 season. "I watched the game against the Gamecocks. I really enjoyed that one. I also watched the Florida State game. That was good defense."

Other schools are still calling on Gabriel, but he makes it clear that he is committed to the Tigers. "The coaches still call sometime. I tell them I have no interest. I tell them I'm already going to Clemson."

"I am looking forward the atmosphere at Clemson. I want to see how it will feel to be down in a traditional school. I want to know what it's like to be down on the field and play at that level."

The powerful defender will visit the Tigers for the first time when he takes his official visit on January 9. We will continue to keep you updated on this outstanding defender from New York, right up through signing day 2004. Top Stories