Spring Recruit Tracker: Ian Silberman

Ian Silberman was the first prospect to announce his intentions to play for the Florida Gators in the class of 2010. While he was one of the first, he is also an important piece to this year's class and one of the best regardless of position. At 6-5 and 280-pounds, he possesses a rare athletic ability for players of that size. He has tremendous strength, balance and quickness.

I felt he was one of the top offensive linemen in the state of Florida when I saw him last summer at Friday Night Lights, but only now is he starting to get the national attention deserved. Currently ranked the No. 21 best offensive tackle in the country and four stars by Scout.com, Ian Silberman continues to impress everywhere he goes.

"Things are going pretty good right now," Silberman said. "Just getting adjusted to the new head coach. I was moved to left tackle and also have been playing defensive end. Our team looks solid across the board. We have a bigger offensive line, averaging 270-pounds. Our defense has put in a new scheme allowing our players to move more freely and it's paying off."

So far this spring, Florida, Georgia Tech, USC, and Louisville have been by to watch Silberman and the rest of his Fleming Island teammates practice. Being a leader for his team is a role that he is more than willing to take on.

"I will continue to lead by example on and off the field. I'm not vocal but I do get my point across. More of the younger guys look to me for guidance in dealing with the coaches and understanding the plays. Off the field, I will continue to stress the importance of getting good grades and maintaining a good character. Always do the right thing, even when no one is watching."

Fleming Island has three rivalry games on the schedule this season with Orange Park, Clay and then Ridgeview. The only camp that he has set up right now is for Friday Night Lights in Gainesville.


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