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OT Gilbert makes a decision

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Offensive tackle Justin Gilbert out of Richmond (Va.) Monacan took his last visit before a potential decision. The 6-foot-6, 280-pounder didn't just make the trip, but also made a commitment while in College Park.
"After the game, I talked to coach Friedgen and Brattan for a bit and they talked about how they really wanted me. Then headed to the car with my parents," he said. "Halfway to the car, I knew I wanted to commit to Maryland and we turned around and met back with the coaches.
"I told coach Brattan and then he took me to meet with coach Friedgen. They were both really happy and said it was a good day for Maryland. They got a win against Georgia Tech and they also landed their last offensive line commit. Coach Friedgen said I'm the type of character kid they want. He knows I'm a hard worker that'll stay on his grades and he's really looking forward to coaching me the next few years."
Was there something about the visit that made the two-star prospect pull the trigger?
"When I got there all the coaches came up and talked to me and my parents. It was the personal attitude towards me. I felt comfortable there," he said. "I really liked the game too. It was intense and they played well. In the end, I knew that's where I wanted to be the next couple years.
"I really like the academics too. They are real good and Maryland is definitely a good football team. Finally, the coaches are the type of guys that don't just help you on the field, but also in the classroom and if you have problems at home."
Tom Brattan was a major part of the 6-foot-6, 280-pounder's decision.
"I know him really well," he said. "I've got a personal relationship with him. He's not just talking about football. He asked about how my sister and family are doing and my parents love him."
Obviously Maryland isn't that far away from home either. How big was that?
"I like that it's close," he said. "It's only two and a half hours away and my parents can come to see my home games, but at the same time it's not too close where they'll be there every day."
As for playing time, Gilbert will redshirt when he arrives on campus next fall.
"Coach Brattan has said I'll redshirt my first year, but I've got a good chance of playing once I start to get bigger and into the program," he said. "He thinks I'm athletic enough to play offensive tackle or offensive guard."
Overall, the decision is a relief for Gilbert.
"I'm really happy with it and this is definitely a weight off my shoulders. I'm done with the recruiting process."
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