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January 22, 2008

Meet Justin Gilbert

This is part of a series of 2008 Maryland football commitment Q&As leading up to Signing Day on Feb. 6. All answers are provided by the featured player. Click here for previous entries in the series.

Name: Justin Gilbert
Birthdate: 11/22/89
Birthplace: Norfolk, Va.
Hometown: Chesterfield, Va.
Nicknames: None
Height: 6’6
Weight: 285
Position: Offensive tackle
High School: Richmond (Va.) Monacan
Senior statistics: 22 tackles, one quarterback hurry and one forced fumble playing defensive tackle
Bench max: 350
40-yard dash: 5.0
Runner-up: Virginia Tech
Other scholarships offered: East Carolina, Marshall, Richmond, Liberty, James Madison, VMI
Favorite NFL player: Emmitt Smith
Favorite NFL team: Dallas Cowboys
Favorite all-time Terp: Andrew Crummey
Favorite music: Rodney Atkins, Tim McGraw
Favorite book: The DaVinci Code by Dan Brown
Favorite movie: Remember the Titans
Favorite TV show: House
Favorite food: Steak
Favorite high school class: History
Favorite thing about College Park: "Really the college atmosphere. You go around the campus and everyone has Maryland stuff. There's just a lot of Maryland pride. It’s a really good atmosphere."
Other high school sports: Track and field (shot put and discus)
Hobbies: Hunting, fishing, lifting
Intended major: Business
Something that not many people know about you: "Probably [having] the southern accent."
Best football moment: "Senior Night last year when we beat Manchester, who was ranked eighth in the region. We beat them. We had to win to the go to the playoffs. We pulled through at the very end to win the game. The end of the game, knowing we were going to the playoffs for the first time in eight years [was the best football moment]."
Role model: “My dad, just because he was born in real small town in Pennsylvania, worked his way up and is now one of assistant managers of his power plant now. He worked his way up through all the adversity."
Why Maryland? "The coaching staff would be one of the biggest things. I really like [offensive line] coach [Tom] Brattan and coach [Ralph] Friedgen. Coach Brattan was really close with me and my family. He really cared about my sister and parents. I just like the closeness he and coach Friedgen have with their players and all the other coaches."

Posted by Matt Bracken at 11:23 AM | | Comments (2)
Categories: Meet the recruit


i was just thinking, it would be nice if you could include a star rating from such sources as rivals, scout recruiting services.


That's a good call. I'll do that from now on, starting with Masengo Kabongo today.

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About Matt Bracken

Matt Bracken was a lightly recruited football and tennis prospect out of East Lansing (Mich.) High School in 2001, but spurned all (nonexistent) scholarship offers to attend the University of Michigan. Matt graduated from UM in 2005, earned a master's degree in new media journalism from Northwestern University in 2006, and spent the first 11 months of his career as an online producer / videographer / blogger at the Arizona Daily Star in Tucson. He has worked at The Baltimore Sun since July 2007, where he currently serves as the deputy sports editor for digital.

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