The phrase ‘matchup nightmare’ is too often used in today’s football coverage but LSU-bound tight end Arik Gilbert exemplifies what it’s supposed to mean.
At 6-5, 250 pounds with wide receiver like movement and ball skills, Gilbert simply isn’t fair at any level. The Atlanta-area star has played at an elite level throughout high school. The senior lines up all over the field and delivers against premiere competition.
Gilbert is smooth in and out of his breaks, powerful at the point of attack and of course is a lot to handle after he hauls in passes. In this day and age of playing in space and moving eligible receivers inside and out of a formation, Gilbert could stand to become the focal point of a college offense sooner rather than later.
He should have minimal issue seeing the field very early at the next level with a great chance to be the next great tight end talent. Gilbert’s combination of physical profile, athleticism, production and ceiling could build his case as the top overall prospect in the class of 2020.
Also a basketball and baseball player at the prep level, he’s scary good now and will only get better once he’s fully dedicated to football in college.
2019 SI All-American Offensive Team:
WR Malachi Wideman, FSU (Why Wideman? Highlights)
OL Nate Anderson, Oklahoma (Why Anderson? Highlights)
2019 SI All-American Defensive Team:
DL Jordan Burch, Uncommitted (Why Burch? Highlights)
LB Justin Flowe, Uncommitted (Why Flowe? Highlights)
DB Kelee Ringo, Uncommitted (Why Ringo? Highlights)
DB Enzo Jennings, Penn State (Why Jennings? Highlights)
ATH Avantae Williams, Uncommitted (Why Williams? Highlights)