OL ANTHONY GATTI 6'6" 280 St. Louis (MO) Parkway North
(Last name is pronounced GOT-ee)
Gatti is a tough, aggressive lineman who has outstanding strength. Scout.com ranks him as No. 74 in the nation among tackle prospects. He was named a 1st-Team All-State selection at offensive tackle as a senior in 2009 as his team made the semi-finals of the state championships. Gatti was forced to miss his team's playoff run due to a knee injury suffered in the final regular-season game. He was named the Suburban South Conference Offensive Player of the Year as a senior, among other honors. He was a 2nd-Team All-State selection as a junior in 2008, in addition to being 1st-Team All-Conference. Gatti played on three district champion teams at Parkway North, and also lettered in hockey and baseball, as well as throwing the shot put with the track and field squad.
His high school coach is Bob Bunton, and his parents are Ralph and Linda Gatti. He has two older brothers who currently attend Mizzou, and is interested in studying business management in Missouri's esteemed School of Business. He lists his hobbies as music, sports, video games, and cars, and claims that he is a "neat freak" who is also a good dancer, and that he is a master at the video game "Call of Duty". Gatti chose Missouri over Wisconsin, Mississippi, Kansas, Wake Forest, Vanderbilt, and Indiana, among many others. He has been a Tiger fan most of his life, but intimated that the relationships he built during the recruiting process with Tiger coaches and players, as well as MU's top-notch facilities, were major drawing points.
Missouri Assistant Coach Cornell Ford was the primary recruiter on Gatti. He talked about the young lineman. "He had a great year. It's the first time I've ever heard of an offensive linemen being named a conference's offensive player of the year. He's very, very physical. He got a lot better each year in high school."
"I've been the line coach here for 28 years, and he's the best offensive lineman we've ever had."Parkway North Coach Bob Bunton said."He is going to be a good one. He had a tremendous year. He did not disappoint. He was named the Suburban South Conference Offensive Player of The Year. I cannot remember an OL winning that award- ever."
JP: "You could see the potential Anthony had down the line even as a sophomore. Back then he was 6'6" already and only 240lbs, but he had the same intensity and showed signs of his athletic ability. He has continued to get bigger,stronger and plays with even more intensity. Plays with attitude and plays like he takes each block personally. Good feet and quickness. Good speed and gets downfield looking to block. Nice pass blocking ability and strong run blocking skills. Anthony will start out at Right Tackle.
Greg: Gatti's a powerful blocker who just buries opponents, and appears to have a passion for knocking people down. Some say he has a "mean streak". He's athletic enough to play tackle, and that's where he'll probably start out at Missouri, but I expect that he'll end up playing guard.