Potentially one of the most experienced players in Colorado for the Class of 2013 is defensive tackle Stanley Gilbert. Going into his fourth year as a starter, Gilbert, a 6-0 290 pounder, has won numerous post season accolades while anchoring a defense that has lead Valor Christian to three straight state titles. Gilbert, a run stuffer and block eater with the ability to press the pocket and get pressure, has yet to gain a first DI offer, but is gaining the interest of multiple schools.
Ideally Gilbert would like to attend Duke University which has become Valor East with the addition of Max McCaffrey and Michael Mann from the Class of 2012, but Gilbert has not heard from the Blue Devil staff in a while. Staying proactive, Gilbert camped in June at Wyoming and UNLV and gained the attention of the staffs. Along with these DI schools, ascending DII power CSU-Pueblo is also interested in Gilbert.
Regarding his three time defending champ team, Gilbert says, "waiting to see how we look in pads, so far passing leagues have gone great, we are looking good." Gilbert's Eagles should look good in passing league and most likely in pads with the return of Christian McCaffrey and the addition of Luke Del Rio. Also up and comers, Daryl Hawkins and Alex Ulmer are having good off seasons as well.
Regarding his own game, Gilbert is focusing on speed and pass rush moves as well as getting stronger. Currently Gilbert is benching 325 and squatting 415. He hopes to bring his forty into the 5.0-4.9 range by the end of the summer. With the heart of the Valor D moving on to college this fall, Gilbert will have a greater role on the field and as a leader. If his final campaign is better than his already impressive stint expect offers to come his way.