Christ the King HS (Brooklyn, NY)
Fork Union Military Academy
The Clemson coaching staff got a nice Christmas present when they received a call from Elsmore Gabriel on December 17. The talented defensive lineman, who spent the fall at Fork Union Military Academy, found out that he had qualified to enroll at Clemson in January.
The 6-5, 257 pound prospect received found out he made it in when received a letter in the mail after returning home from Fork Union. "I'm qualified now. The day I got home I found out I was qualified. The NCAA sent me the letter saying I had qualified," Gabriel told CUTigers.com in a recent interview.
The 2004 signee spent the fall playing for Fork Union Academy. "It was an experience. I didn't want to be there but it worked out well. I played mostly as a defensive end. I gained some pounds. In high school I played defensive tackle so it was a learning experience for me."
The former Christ The King standout will be arriving at Clemson in early January. "I'm going to start on the 9th of January," stated the prize recruit.
The star defender can't wait to begin his college experience. "I'm just looking forward to starting college. I'm looking forward to putting that uniform on for the first time. And of course, I can't wait to run down the hill. I have thought about running down that hill a lot.
"I feel real good. I get another half a year to be with the guys. Fork Union helped me a lot. I'm glad I will be able to be there for spring practice."
Coach Blackwell was thrilled to get the call from Elsmore. "I called Coach Blackwell. He didn't know yet because he was on a recruiting trip. He was very excited."
We will continue to keep you updated on the outstanding defensive lineman as he begins his career at Clemson.
Gabriel Enrolling in Jan
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