Gilbert Gaining Attention

It's not often that a 6-foot-5 defensive end can run a 4.5 forty but A&M Consolidated (TX) athlete Jimmie Gilbert has such measurables. Add a 38 inch vertical and it's no wonder that Bob Stoops has already offered a scholarship. Aggie Websider's David Sandhop spoke to Gilbert and files this report.

Interest is heating up for A&M Consolidated (TX) outside linebacker/defensive end Jimmie Gilbert. The 6-foot-5, 210-pound College Station native has a unique combination of athleticism with 4.5 forty speed and a 38 inch vertical jump to go along with his long frame. His athleticism has already attracted offers from Bob Stoop at Oklahoma and Mike Gundy at Oklahoma State, along with interest from national programs such as Notre Dame, Auburn, LSU, and Oregon to name a few.

"The Oklahoma schools have offered me. I attended OU's junior day and Coach Stoops spent a lot of time with me saying I'm a good fit for what he's looking for coming off the edge," Gilbert said. "Most schools are recruiting me as a hybrid outside linebacker/defensive end."

It's not just the Oklahoma schools showing interest. He has attended a Baylor junior day and both Auburn and LSU were pushing him hard to attend their junior day events in recent weeks.

"Auburn and LSU are recruiting me pretty hard. They wanted me to come down for their junior days," Gilbert said. "But I didn't have a ride and I couldn't get over there. I'm also hearing a lot from Notre Dame, Oregon, and UCLA."

Gilbert, who lives just a few minutes from the Texas A&M campus, had the chance to go to the Aggies' junior day last month. He also has deep roots to the university through his family. His father Jimmie Sr. was a multi-year starter in hoops for Shelby Metcalf in the 1980's, and his older sister Karla is a standout on Gary Blair's women's team at Texas A&M.

While Gilbert is being courted by some of the top collegiate programs in the nation, the new staff at Texas A&M is taking it slow for the time being.

"I had a good time at the Texas A&M junior day and got to talk to some of the coaches about some general things," Gilbert said. "But they haven't stayed in contact with me like some of the other schools. I'm not sure where I stand with them."

For now, Gilbert has no further campus visits planned. Gilbert hopes to enhance his stock even further when he participates at the Dallas Nike Combine this weekend.

"I'm going with my mom to the Dallas combine this weekend," Gilbert said. "With my speed and vertical, I think I can score pretty high on the SPARQ scale."

Gilbert also knows that he needs to put on some weight and add some bulk to his frame. As a dual sport star, he has always dropped weight after football season to help him on the hardwood. But he says that will change now that he sees his collegiate future on the football field.

"I usually drop about 10-15 pounds after football season, but starting this spring I'm going to work hard to put on weight and I'll keep putting it on after football next year," Gilbert said. "I think I can get up to 225-230 pounds by this time next year."

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