Arik Gilbert – Marietta – 2019 The Opening Atlanta

STOCKBRIDGE, Ga. — Whether looking on the hoof, at testing numbers or through the one-on-one competition portion (video above) of The Opening Atlanta, Arik Gilbert was more than noticeable. The Marietta (Ga.) class of 2020 star checked about every box the offseason setting could supply.

As 247Sports wrapped up its coverage Sunday, there was plenty of back-and-forth over the top overall performer on the day, with Myles Murphy at the forefront of it along with eventual Alpha Dog and Darlington (Ga.) offensive lineman Tate Ratledge.

But Gilbert was no slouch either, using his size to make life difficult for defenders during 1-on-1 competition.

For starters, composite five-star tight end/athlete Arik Gilbertworked with the group. While Gilbert wasn’t flawless in finishing plays, his immense talent was evident. The 6-foot-6, 243-pounder is an effortless mover and breaks off his routes with ease. Gilbert also tested well, running a 4.83 40-yard dash, 4.50 shuttle and jumping 34.6 inches."

As Power mentioned, Gilbert tested well and showcased his tremendous upside in a near 300-prospect field with Atlanta always being a top camp drawing talent from Georgia, Florida, Alabama, Virginia, Mississippi and more this time around. He was the No. 15 overall tester, logging a 113.34 rating, second among all tight end participants behind Jaheim Bell, who profiles as more of a hybrid pass catcher or potential linebacker. The power ball throw is where Gilbert shined, with his 46-foot throw topping everyone at the camp.

It doesn’t take a high-level college football prospect evaluator to see why national powers Clemson, Alabama, Georgia, Auburn, Florida, Tennessee and many others occupy Gilbert’s verbal scholarship offer list. All eight 247Sports Crystal Ball predictions are in favor of in-state Georgia landing Gilbert.

Gilbert is currently ranked the nation’s No. 14 overall prospect, the No. 1 athlete, and No. 2 overall recruit in Georgia among rising-seniors by the industry-generated 247Sports Composite. Below is his initial 247Sports Scouting Report from last fall:

Long-limbed, muscular, v-shaped athlete with a frame that can continue to add lean mass naturally. Rare body. Plays both sides of the ball for his high school and brings consistent effort in each role. Brings mismatch ability to the tight end position with both size and athleticism. Can play attached or split out as a wide receiver. Adequate hands and ball skills. Has verified combine athleticism. Likely has more upside as a defensive end where he is raw but has length and speed to overwhelm offensive tackles and chase down ball-carriers. Not refined in any one area. First off the bus type of athlete that is just better than everyone at this level but will need to refine technique on the next level on either side of the ball. Power five impact player on either side of the ball with first-round NFL Draft upside.

Check out clips from Gilbert in action from the Atlanta Opening Regional above.

Arik Gilbert – Marietta – 2019 The Opening Atlanta

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