Massillon (Ohio) Washington safety/running back Brian Gamble is one of the better players in Ohio, and he's getting plenty of attention to prove it.
The 6-foot, 195-pounder with 4.4-second speed in the 40-yard dash rushed for 1,571 yards and 22 scores as a junior. He also had 100 tackles and four interceptions on defense, making him a threat on either side of the football. But still he's not satisfied and wants to get better.
"I have to keep working hard to get faster and stronger," he said. "I have a lot of talent now, but I want to get even better."
This spring he's running track for his team, and has a 200-meter time of 22.8 seconds. He also participates in the 4X100 meter relay and the 4X200.
All of those athletic traits, plus his ability on the field, have brought in attention from all over the nation.
Gamble lists his current top teams as Ohio State, Penn State, Miami, Pittsburgh, North Carolina, Michigan, Wisconsin and Akron. He claims an early offer from the Zips.
"Akron offered me," Gamble said. "They're just waiting for my ACT scores for it to be official. I think a few other schools are waiting on that, too."
When it comes time to pick a school, Gamble has a few things in mind.
"I want a degree in athletic training," he said. "I also want to play as soon as possible."
After a masterful junior season, Gamble and his Washington teammates are expecting big things in 2006. They have a killer schedule that includes teams like McKinley, Moeller, Bucktel and St. Ignatius.
"It's only going to make us better," he said. "Our goal here is to win the state championship."
And if the Tigers make a run, expect Gamble to play a big part in that.