3-Star OL Solid to Georgia Tech

3-Star OL Solid to Georgia Tech

On April 7, 2006, Cartersville (Ga.) High School football standout Joseph Gilbert became the first verbal commitment of what has shaped up to be an outstanding 2007 football recruiting class for head coach Chan Gailey and the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets.

On April 7, 2006, Cartersville (Ga.) High School football standout Joseph Gilbert became the first verbal commitment of what has shaped up to be an outstanding 2007 football recruiting class for head coach Chan Gailey and the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets. However, given what has transpired the past couple of weeks with Gailey being recognized as a viable candidate for the vacant head coaching position for the NFL's Miami Dolphins, I contacted Joseph to find out if he was still firm on his Tech commitment.

"I'd like to play for Coach Gailey, he's a real good man" said Gilbert, a 6-foot-4, 280-pound offensive lineman. "But I committed to Georgia Tech, not Chan Gailey. I'm committed to Georgia Tech no matter what. There's nothing that's going to happen in the next month that will change my mind."

Joseph, a three-star recruit and ranked No. 81 at his position by Scout.com, said Gailey contacted him and other Tech recruits last week to inform them of the situation.

"He explained the situation and said if he was offered a good deal he'd have to take it for he and his family," said Joseph, one of three offensive line recruits in Tech's fantastic 10th-ranked national class (tied with Illinois) according to Scout.com. "He said once he made it final he'd let all the recruits know."

Speculation is the Dolphins may decide on their next head coach in the coming days. Gailey is believed to be a finalist for the position, after undergoing multiple interviews with the Dolphins over the course of the past two weeks.

I asked Joseph if he'd spoken to any of his 2007 classmates in Tech's class to guage their commitment to the Jackets regardless of Coach Gailey's decision.

"I haven't talked to all of the recruits, but of the ones I've spoken to, they're all still on board," Joseph said. "Kyle [Jackson], Nick [Claytor], Roddy [Jones]…they all seem like they're on board. That's the general consensus I got, anyway."

With Signing Day approaching next month, Joseph's firming up of his personal commitment is sure to quell a measure of the anxiety currently being expressed by Tech fans. Count Joseph Gilbert in as one of the fine players fully committed to the Yellow Jacket football program regardless of how the coaching situation shakes out.

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