2016 INTRO: CB Mark Gilbert

Recruiting from inside the state of North Carolina has been a top priority for Duke since Coach Cutcliffe took over. In the class of 2016 the Blue Devils have jumped in with an offer to one of the state’s top cornerbacks. We spoke with him about the early offer and much more.

“I am being recruited by Duke, Boston College, UNC, NC State, ECU, Georgia Tech, Florida State, Clemson, Colorado State, Virginia, Penn State, Georgia, Nebraska, and Georgia Southern,” said Fayetteville (N.C.) Terry Sanford’s Mark Gilbert. “I have offers from Duke and Boston College early on, and those are the two schools in contact the most.”

At 6-foot-2 and 170 pounds, Gilbert is a big cornerback who says he understands how to use that size on the field.

“I feel I’m great in man and zone coverage. I play physically and i love to make hits on the field. I’m also a quick learner, but I know I need to focus on anticipating the play as it develops.”

As he’s matured into his second year on varsity Gilbert has found himself matched up against the opposing team’s top option at receiver more and more. Accordingly, he’s applying his summer workout gains each and every week.

“I’ve improved on shutting down the passing game on my side of the field by increasing my speed from last season. I want t continue doing that and working on my overall game and skill set.”

Gilbert says he has taken unofficial trips to Duke, Pittsburgh, and North Carolina so far with plans to visit Boston College, East Carolina, Georgia Tech, and Florida State in the near future. He will also trip by to Duke where he’s developed quite a strong relationship with the coaching staff.

“I speak with the coaches regularly and they continue to show interest in me. I speak with Coach Petri and Coach Jones the most…Coach Jones was the one offered me the scholarship. They are a program who won their division last season and I know they are on the rise even further. The coaches have talked about the major moves they’ve made, and I’ve seen what they’ve explained in action and am impressed.”

As he progresses through the recruiting process, Gilbert says he will rely on his parents for advice and counsel.

“They are going to work with me to help me find the best fit athletically and academically. Academics are the most important thing in my decision, but the coaches will play a big role as well.”


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