EDITOR'S NOTE – Today we continue our 14-part series where we unveil the top 101 football prospects in Ohio's Class of 2007. These rankings were assembled by Bucknuts and Ohio High recruiting editor Duane Long. They were originally published in the May 2006 edition of Ohio High magazine. Here is the seventh installment with a look at the player ranked eighth.
8. ***** Brian Gamble
5-11 175 CB/WR Massillon Washington
Bill Greene has become an integral contributor to Ohio High. He was the first person to identify Brian Gamble as a top prospect in this class.
Greene was at Massillon for the first day of practice in August 2005. Massillon head coach Tom Stacy told him he needed to check out a junior named Brian Gamble. Greene told Stacy he had never heard of Gamble, but Stacy smiled and said, "You will."
Stacy was right. Gamble was indeed quite impressive in that practice, and then Green went to Massillon's scrimmage with Perry only to see Gamble take a handoff on the first play and raced 70 yards for a touchdown.
He continued to play at a high level right through the state championship game.
In the state semifinal against Lakewood St. Edward, Gamble stunned the Eagles by turning a short pass into a first down on third-and-30, the play of the year for Massillon. Gamble also had big games in wins over Cleveland St. Ignatius and Cincinnati Elder. For the year, Gamble had 90 tackles and three interceptions on defense and carried the ball 248 times for 1,512 yards and 17 touchdowns on offense.
He was an offensive force running the football for Massillon, but I suspect his future will be in the defensive secondary. He was a terror at safety for the Tigers but also showed great ball skills and coverage ability. He has the hip recovery necessary to play cornerback, and Stacy agrees. Has great hands and is a dangerous kick returner.
Right now, Gamble's favorites are Ohio State and Miami (Fla.) and he has been offered by Akron. Gamble attended the Miami camp in the summer of 2005. He will need to show well in camps to impress the big schools but he doesn't seem to have any weaknesses.
Brian Gamble is simply a football player that makes big plays and a lot of them. Simply put, there's nothing he can't do on a football field.
Also starts for the Tiger basketball team.
Update: Akron was the first school to offer Gamble. He discussed how recruiting is going overall.
"Right now I'm hearing from Tennessee, North Carolina, Illinois, Miami of Florida, Michigan and Ohio State," he said. "I don't really have a favorite. I'm just waiting to see who offers me a chance to come to their school."
Gamble, who's running track at Massillon, has a schedule of camps to visit this summer.
"I'll be going to the Nike camp at Ohio State on May 5th," said Gamble. "In June I'll be going to Miami of Florida's camp. I'll probably come to Ohio State's camp too. I'll be setting up a few others pretty soon."
Gamble said he has no timetable as to when he'll make his decision.
"Right now I'm just trying to get to the state track meet as part of our relay teams," said Gamble. "This summer I'll know more about when I'll be making my decision, but for now I'm just taking it all in and trying to learn about each school."
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