Quick Hits with Elsmore Gabriel

"He has the capability to play end or possibly play inside," said defensive coordinator John Lovett. "He's got the frame to get there. He's athletic enough to stay outside. If he did get bigger, you just don't know what's going to happen. That's why we jumped all over him."

Elsmore Gabriel
Defensive Line
Christ the King HS (Brooklyn, NY)
6-4.5/256/4.75
NR: N/A Rating: **

THE STATS: New York native Elsmore Gabriel registered 37 tackles, 10 sacks and three fumble recoveries despite playing in just four games due to injury. Gabriel, who was recruited to Clemson by defensive coordinator John Lovett, is the first Clemson signee from the state of New York since 1995. He chose the Tigers over South Carolina, Virginia, and Syracuse.

STRENGTH: Gabriel has excellent speed and an outstanding build for a player his size and could be moved to linebacker later in his collegiate career.

WHY CLEMSON? "My parents and I researched the school. We thought that Clemson would be a good choice for me," said Gabriel. "I live in New York and I wanted to get out of the area. I'm looking forward to the atmosphere and the coaching staff. I want to see new things and experience college football. Plus, the Big East is suffering some losses with expansion. The ACC is a better conference for me. Even though Maryland won the Peach Bowl two years ago and everybody was talking about them, I've always thought Clemson had a better football tradition. My father really liked Coach Bowden."

HS COACH SAYS: "It's kind of scary how good he has gotten in just the few games he's played," said his high school coach Kevin Kelly. "He's big, physical and fast - those are things you can't teach. Once he learns those other things and develops them, the sky is going to be the limit. He's a real hard-working kid and has that competitiveness. He's an absolute physical specimen - with the wide shoulders and very little fat."

JOHN LOVETT SAYS: "He's a guy that frame wise is 6-3, maybe a little bigger, and 255, but might be able to be 290 at some point," said defensive coordinator John Lovett. "So he has the capability to play end or possibly play inside. He's got the frame to get there. He's athletic enough to stay outside. If he did get bigger, you just don't know what's going to happen. That's why we jumped all over him."

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