2011 Intro: Adrian Gamble

CHARLOTTE, N.C. --- Independence High's production of wide receivers is unmatched. Alumni Mario Raley, Eric Lyon, Mohamed Massaquoi, Hakeem Nicks, and Jason Barnes all ended their high school careers by signing with a Division I-A school. Adrian Gamble will keep that tradition going in the 2011 class.

"Gamble is very similar to Jason," Independence assistant football coach Josh Kranish said. "… They're very similar in style – they're very fast. Adrian is the fastest out of all of [the former Independence star wideouts], but catching doesn't come as easily to him as it did to the rest of them."

Last season, Gamble, a 6-foot-1, 175-pounder, totaled 970 yards and eight touchdowns in receptions.

"He has that breakaway speed that we can't coach," Kranish said. "We try to do whatever we could to try to get the ball to him as fast as we could."

Gamble plays the ‘X' receiver (split end) in Independence's pass-heavy one-back offense. He's used primarily as a deep threat.

"We used him to spread the field," Kranish said. "If he was open, we let it rip. We had a couple different go-to receivers, because we're more of a short passing team."

With the change at head coach – longtime assistant Bill Geiler replaces Tom Knotts, who left for Irmo (S.C.) Dutch Fork – and the graduation of several wide receivers, Gamble's usage will change slightly this coming season.

"We'll change some of our combinations and our ‘X' receiver will run some of our short routes – quick slants, hitches, things like that," Kranish said. "We're going to do what we can to get the ball in his hands [short], but at the same time we have to make sure they respect him as a deep threat."

Late last September, Gamble made a verbal commitment to Virginia, the first school to offer him a scholarship.

"When I went up there it just had a great feel to it," Gamble said. "All the coaches liked me and they told me that I'd be guaranteed to get on the field early. I also really liked what they told me about the academic part."

If he wavered at all when Virginia's head coach, Al Groh, was fired, Gamble firmed it back up with a January visit to the campus.

"[During the January visit], I met all the coaches, including my position coach," Gamble said.

Outside of generic mail from Duke, Georgia Tech, North Carolina, Ohio State, Oregon, and Wake Forest, schools have stopped recruiting Gamble.

"I think people have gotten the impression from our high school that once a kid commits, they don't de-commit," Kranish said.

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