"I'd like to play for Coach Gailey, he's a real good man" said Gilbert, a 6-foot-4, 280-pound offensive lineman. "But I committed to Georgia Tech, not Chan Gailey. I'm committed to Georgia Tech no matter what. There's nothing that's going to happen in the next month that will change my mind."
Joseph, a three-star recruit and ranked No. 81 at his position by Scout.com, said Gailey contacted him and other Tech recruits last week to inform them of the situation.
"He explained the situation and said if he was offered a good deal he'd have to take it for he and his family," said Joseph, one of three offensive line recruits in Tech's fantastic 10th-ranked national class (tied with Illinois) according to Scout.com. "He said once he made it final he'd let all the recruits know."
Speculation is the Dolphins may decide on their next head coach in the coming days. Gailey is believed to be a finalist for the position, after undergoing multiple interviews with the Dolphins over the course of the past two weeks.
I asked Joseph if he'd spoken to any of his 2007 classmates in Tech's class to guage their commitment to the Jackets regardless of Coach Gailey's decision.
"I haven't talked to all of the recruits, but of the ones I've spoken to, they're all still on board," Joseph said. "Kyle [Jackson], Nick [Claytor], Roddy [Jones]…they all seem like they're on board. That's the general consensus I got, anyway."
With Signing Day approaching next month, Joseph's firming up of his personal commitment is sure to quell a measure of the anxiety currently being expressed by Tech fans. Count Joseph Gilbert in as one of the fine players fully committed to the Yellow Jacket football program regardless of how the coaching situation shakes out.