Nick Demien isn't the only highly regarded offensive line prospect in St. Louis this season. Another lineman garnering a lot of early recruiting attention is Anthony Gatti, a 6-foot-6, 280-pound tackle from St. Louis Parkway North.
Gatti recently picked up an early scholarship offer from Kansas after attending the Jayhawks' Junior Day. The Hawks are in good shape early on with Gatti, but others are also in hot pursuit, according to coach Bob Bunton.
"Anthony has been offered by KU, and I know he really likes them," Bunton said. "He has received interest from Missouri, K-State, Iowa, Iowa State, Minnesota, and Wisconsin also."
Bunton said coaches are really high on Gatti for a number of different reasons.
"For a big kid, he has good balance with his feet and is still learning to use his body as a run blocker," Bunton said. "He is still very young and we think he can get even better before he leaves high school."
Gatti also participates in three sports – football, hockey and baseball – and that athleticism helps him tremendously on the gridiron.
"The fact that he is a three-sport player tells you that he is athletic," Bunton said. "Plus, he is excited to have the opportunity to play big-time football."
Bunton said academically Gatti will be a full qualifier and he's sure that once more people see him they'll be sold.
"He's taking the correct steps to make himself a bona fide prospect," Bunton said. "People are going to love his film."