Ciufo, Ivy, and King lead the Gateway Gators

The Gateway Gators will feature three outstanding athletes this season, and all will be heavily recruited.

Mark Ciufo is a Guard/Defensive Tackle who is getting heavy interest from Pitt, NC State, WVU, North Carolina, Boston College, and Duke. Mortty Ivy is a QB/Safety who is getting heavy interest from Pitt, PSU, WVU, Boston College, Maryland, Michigan State, Syracuse, and Duke. Just entering his junior season is Justin King, a RB/CB prospect with blazing speed. Justin started both ways as a sophomore last season and can run the 40-yard dash in 4.33 seconds!

Mark Ciufo, a 6-3 275 lb. Guard/Defensive Tackle prospect with a 4.97 40-yard dash time will be a highly recruited lineman this year. Mark has started both ways since his sophomore year. Recruiting guru Max Emfinger has rated Mark as a 5-star recruit. Mark will be going to Pitt's summer camp and possibly West Virginia's as well. Most colleges are recruiting him as a center prospect. Per coach Terry Smith, Mark's strength is his run blocking, but he is also an exceptional athlete for his size. He can bench press over 315 lbs. and squat over 450 lbs. Mark has attended several Pitt basketball games this year and was on hand for Junior Day as well.

Mortty Ivy, a 6-2 200 lb. QB/Safety prospect, is considered one of the best athletes in Western PA. He attended Pitt's Junior Day and is being recruited by former Gateway Gator and current Panther coach Curtis Bray. Mortty started at QB as a sophomore for Gateway. As a junior he started at both QB and Safety and will do so again this year. Per coach Terry Smith, he is getting interest as a QB and a Safety, but most schools are recruiting him as a safety prospect. Coach Smith said he is an outstanding athlete and dynamic two-way performer. He can run the 40-yard dash in 4.5 seconds. At QB, Mortty completed 59 of 133 passes for 815 yards and 9 TD's. He also rushed for 654 yards on 123 carries and 11 TD's. Mortty was just as impressive on defense as he registered 55 tackles, 2 sacks, 3 fumble recoveries, and 2 interceptions at the safety position.

Justin King, a 6-0 185 lb. (junior to be) RB/CB prospect, may be the next big-time recruit from Western PA. Justin started as a running back and cornerback last season while just a sophomore. He has been timed at an amazing 4.33 seconds in the 40-yard dash. He will just be a junior this coming season, but he is already gathering interest from all the top schools. Justin rushed for 811 yards on 107 carries including 6 TD's last season. He also caught 11 passes for 133 yards and 2 TD's. At cornerback, he registered 26 tackles, 2 fumble recoveries, and 2 interceptions during his sophomore season.

Per coach Smith, all three athletes will be attending the Nike/Student Sports camp at State College.

These three outstanding athletes helped lead the Gateway Gators to a 9-3 record last season. The Gators had a terrific turnaround season after going 2-8 the prior season. They made it all the way to the WPIAL semi-finals before losing to Woodland Hills, who were the eventual champions.

Thanks again to Gators coach Terry Smith, and best of luck in the upcoming season to what appears to be a loaded Gateway Gators football program.

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