Being a strict defensive lineman and a two-time all-conference super heavyweight wrestler, the offers started to slowly pour in after Gilbert totaled 51 tackles (20 solos) and seven sacks his junior year. Earning offers from Eastern Illinois, Illinois State, Indiana and Northern Iowa, Gilbert (a Waterloo, IA native) was excited when he heard the University of Iowa was showing increased interest. He was ecstatic when Wisconsin offered him a scholarship.
Combine the football program with the academic and the program he wanted to go into (agriculture), UW was a sure fit for Gilbert.
Midwest Recruiting Analyst Allen Trieu's Scouting Report: He's a hard working kid who moves well for someone his size. He isn't a massive gap plugger, but he's compact, plays with good leverage and is a solid athlete. He'll be one of those kids who is solid, does his job and won't necessarily get a ton of fanfare, but that is what I think of when I think of Wisconsin's defensive tackles.
Badger Nation Publisher Benjamin Worgull: Gilbert is a standout prospect that has the necessary size (280 pounds) and height (6-2) to be a success on the defensive line, but it his intangibles that carry him the extra distance. He's extremely athletic and quick, which allows him to explode off the line of scrimmage and engage the opponent. He is agile and carries himself like a lineman. A solid athlete that can fill the gaps to stop the run game at the line of scrimmage.
Gilbert's senior film currently unavailable, but check out highlights from Gilbert (no.77) and his Lancers teammates against West Allis Hale.
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