Gerbus believes Miami "on the rise"

Just one hour away from one of the most talented prep football regions in the country, Miami has struggled recently to tap into the Cincinnati recruiting pipeline.  New commit Nathan Gerbus, a linebacker from St. Xavier High School, thinks that will change in the days to come.

Just one hour away from one of the most talented prep football regions in the country, Miami has struggled to tap into the Cincinnati recruiting pipeline.  New commit Nathan Gerbus, a linebacker from St. Xavier High School, thinks that will change in the days to come.

  "The Greater Catholic League (GCL) and the entire Cincinnati area have a great tradition of high school football.  It's a tough place to play and the amount of recruits that come from here and play at the Division One level prove that," said Gerbus, a 6'1" 225 lb. runstopper that committed to Miami on June 25th. 

  Gerbus has had the opportunity to cut his teeth in the GCL since his sophomore year when his St. Xavier Bombers needed a defensive end.  "We have 120 guys on the team and with all that competition, you'll do anything to play.  My coach wanted me on the field, so I transitioned to defensive end," he said.  The move paid off and Nate will begin his third year as a starter with over fifty tackles and ten sacks on his resume.  "The experience has given me a lot of confidence and I'm excited to start the season," he told RedHawk Insider.

  This year, Gerbus will return to his natural position as an outside linebacker.  With good size and speed he is expected to continue his success, but many college coaches have wanted to wait and see.  "The faith that Coach Treadwell and the staff put in me by extending an offer early really means a ton to me," said the senior.  What else has the standout student athlete impressed with Miami?  "Everything is just a perfect fit.  The academics, the athletics, the campus and the tradition are just perfect. And with the passion that Coach Treadwell has for what he's doing, it just makes you want to play there," said Gerbus.

  As to the local connection, Nate made it very clear that he believes, "Miami is on the rise in Cincinnati.  There are a ton of good recruits in the area and a lot are going to start heading to Miami."  Gerbus' nickname in Oxford may be "The Prophet" because since he made his commitment, Miami has received verbals from standout RB Jamire Westbrook from Kings H.S. and OLB Josh Dooley from Mason High, both in the Cincinnati region.

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