Rutgers football joins the race for four-star Ohio tight end Luka Gilbert
Luke Gilbert added a Rutgers football offer on Thursday as the Scarlet Knights joined what is essentially the rest of the Big Ten for the Ohio tight end.
A four-star recruit from Lakota West (West Chester, OH), Gilbert is class of 2025 recruit. He is ranked as the No. 118 player in the nation as well as the fourth-best tight end and the second-best player in the state in his class per 247Sports.
His offer list includes Power Five programs such as Kentucky, Michigan and Ohio State among others.
Gilbert has an impressive build and frame at 6-foot-7 and 225 pounds. He catches the ball at it’s high point and is physical on the line. He does a nice job of getting separation down the field on his routes and has good footwork.
The footwork isn’t a big surprise given that Gilbert is also a standout basketball player.
On the football field, however, Gilbert was a huge part of a powerhouse program. Lakota West finished last season 13-1.
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Gilbert tweeted about the Rutgers offer on Thursday:
After a great conversation with @GregSchiano and @Coach_Aurich, I am blessed to have received an offer from Rutgers University! @RFootball @LakotaWestFB @CoachTomBolden @Rivals_Clint pic.twitter.com/r3rJDhNVIt
— Luka (@luka_gilbert) May 5, 2023
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