OL: "I Love Everything About Miami"

Whenever you play next to guys like Sam Young and Daniel Wenger, widely regarded as the best prospects at their respective positions (T and C) in the entire state, you sometimes may fall under the recruiting radar. That's certainly not the case for Fort Lauderdale (Fla.) St. Thomas Aquinas standout Marcus Gilbert.

At 6-foot-5 and 285 pounds, Marcus Gilbert is preparing for a senior season in which he'll play on one of the most talented offensive lines this state's produced in recent history.

"We're all pretty close," Gilbert said. "We've been playing together for awhile now. We are very comfortable with each other. Daniel and I have been playing together since ninth grade and Sam joined us in 10th. It's been great and we're really looking forward to this coming season."

Gilbert, who carries a 2.4 GPA and has not yet reported a test score, will soon become a three year varsity starter. He brings a lot of experience and athletic ability to the table as a prospect.

"It's tough to say how I compare because I haven't watched a lot of other guys from around the state," he said. "I feel like I'm very athletic for my size and position and that helps me a lot out there."

Gilbert, who also plays basketball and runs track (shot-54 and discus-136), has gotten plenty of recruiting attention so far.

"I really haven't narrowed it down yet," he said. "My dad and I are gonna be doing that real soon. Miami, Oklahoma, LSU, NC State, Michigan, South Carolina, and Florida are the main ones I'm looking at right now. They all have (sent offers)."

Gilbert says he's not ready to name a single favorite yet but it's pretty clear that UM is very high on his list.

"I love everything about Miami," he said. "I love the campus. I love the coaches. I have friends who play there (Anthony Reddick and Tavares Gooden were the two he named) and they love it and seem to really enjoy it. Miami's a very successful program. Coach Kehoe's a great coach. I've been to their spring game and he really gets into it. I like that about him."

Another reason Gilbert is high on the Hurricanes is because he says they were one of his first offers.

"Miami offered me real early," he said. "I can't even remember when it was. They've offered all three of us (Young and Wenger). We really haven't talked about going together. Whatever happens, happens. We'll make our own decisions but I know they both like Miami a lot too."

Post-Spring Hot 100 rank: 25

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