Gloster On Board

West Virginia has long been atop the list of Maryland linebacker Troy Gloster, and he confirmed that positioning today with a commitment to the Mountaineer program.

"West Virginia was one of my first offers, and I felt a strong relationship with Coach Casteel, who is the linebackers coach and defensive coordinator,"Gloster said. "It was really stronger with him than with anyone else. I've been talking with Coach Casteel more and more, and as we talked I just felt like West Virginia as the best fit for me. I had told everyone that I wanted to commit before the season, but I just wasn't ready to do that yet. But as I talked more with him, I got more comfortable, and I felt now was the time to do it."

An excellent linebacker with the ability to cover the field and make plays against both the run and the pass, Gloster sees lots of opportunities for himself in Casteel's defensive scheme. Although his Good Counsel squad runs a 5-2 defense in name, it actually has several similarities in terms of linebacker play.

"It's really more of a 3-4," said Gloster of the way his high school defense plays. "The linebackers rush off the edge and drop back in coverage too. I play on the outside, but sometimes I'll play inside 'backer on the scout team just to get used to it. I'm comfortable playing either position."

That's good news for Casteel, who plans to start Gloster out on the outside, with the potential to move in depending on his growth.

"I think it's a really good fit in terms of what West Virginia does with their linebackers and with their defensive scheme," Gloster noted. "I don't have a preference playing either one, and I think I can play either position."

Gloster is one of top rated linebackers in the country by, but he wasn't always a football prospect. In fact, he wasn't even the best prospect in his own family. His brother, Drew Gloster, was the king in that regard, and signed with Maryland out of Good Counsel following his senior season in 2005. Now a linebacker with the Terrapins, Drew has grown to six feet three inches and 245 pounds, which provides promise of more of the same from Troy. However, it was in the recruiting game that older brother Drew provided Troy with the most influence.

"My brother and I are very close, and I followed him through the recruiting process. I went on trips with him, and he showed me the ropes and told me all of the ins and outs. He really helped me a lot with the whole process. He told me to take my time and make sure to do what was the best for me, and to make sure I knew wherever I picked was the best place for me. I called to tell him I committed, but he must still be on the practice field because he didn't pick up. I know he will be happy for me."

Once Troy started playing football, he began to approach some of Drew's exploits on the field, but that didn't happen until high school, because he didn't begin playing football until he reached that grade level. Before that, another sport held his attention.

"Growing up I was into basketball," Gloster related. "I played it year round. In football my brother was one of the most sought-after receivers in the country, and when I saw that, I thought I could play too. I started playing my freshman year, and since defense was easier to get used to, I started off on that side, and that's where I've been ever since."

Good Counsel is off to a good start, going 4-0. Gloster has 27 tackles, a sack and a forced fumble despite facing constant double teams and offenses that often run away from his side of the ball.

"I am blitzing a lot, and I see teams putting a running back on my side to help the tackle with blocking. I see it as a compliment. People know what I have done and what I'm capable of. I just have to keep working hard and doing everything I can to help my team."

Gloster, who sports a 3.3 GPA, should have no trouble qualifying. He said he is not planning visits to any other schools besides West Virginia. He hopes to make it in for both the Marshall and Connecticut games, and plans to take his official decision after the season.

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