Profile: James Gmiter
Position: Defensive Tackle
High School: Bethel Park (Pa.) High
Recruiting: Gmiter committed to West Virginia in early January, and remains solid. He also held offers from Wisconsin, Cincinnati and Temple prior to his decision.
The Scouting Report: Gmiter is a space eater in the middle who can impact the running game in a big way. He is strong in the lower body and often wins the leverage battle, which makes him tough to push back at the line of scrimmage.
He plays with a low center of gravity, and his is physical on impact. He clogs running lanes, and makes it hard for the center and guard to open big holes. He is unselfish in keeping his gap responsibility and allowing his teammates to make tackles.
When it comes to getting up the field, Gmiter has quickness where he can get into the backfield and be disruptive, but that is not his most important attribute. Toughness, which creates attitude, is a big part of Gmiter's game.
Even when double teamed, Gmiter is willing to work to get free and finish the play. His understanding of assignment is wonderful.
He needs to continue to develop his hands so he can keep an offensive lineman off of him, and also so he can disengage more quickly.
If the play is between the tackles, he will have success. His game is not built on chasing down plays from behind.
Overall Analysis: Gmiter is a true nose guard, and fits well in West Virginia's defense. He will be hard to push at the point of attack, and he is comfortable and at ease taking on double teams so linebackers and safeties can make tackles. He will make his share of plays between the tackles, and he will bring grit and toughness to the defense.