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SNOW HILL — Being a recruit to a program with no history may seem like too big of a challenge to some.
But for Greene Central senior Brandon Gilbert, he embraces it.
Gilbert officially signed a National Letter of Intent to be a part of Barton College’s first football recruiting class Tuesday. The senior linebacker said he likes the idea of setting the foundation for the new program.
“I like being a leader and making an impact,” Gilbert said. “First-year program, that kind of excited me because I’m a part of history. The location was the best fit for me because it’s not too far from home, but it’s not right at home. Then the campus is smaller, so the small class sizes will help me learn.”
Gilbert played three years of varsity football, including being a captain his senior year. Gilbert finished his senior season with 89 tackles, two sacks and three interceptions.
Gilbert’s senior season allowed him to also receive offers from Greensboro College, Chowan University and Randolph-Macon College. Gilbert said ultimately Barton’s offer and playing football in front of his family and friends was too much to pass on.
“It’s going to be great because I know they’re going to love it because they love to see me play the game as much as I love playing it,” Gilbert said.
Newly appointed Greene Central head coach Jay Wilson said Barton football is getting a player that can be a tone setter. Wilson, a defensive coach, said he called Gilbert the “quiet assassin” because of how consistent he was and how well he worked.
“Brandon is the prototypical come-to-practice, get-to-work, do-everything-you-say type of player,” Wilson said. “He’s very dependable. There was never a minute you worried is Brandon going to do this or that. Brandon is going to be right there and do everything he was supposed to do.”
Gilbert will be moving from inside linebacker to outside in college. Wilson said he has no doubt that Gilbert will make the adjustment well. Gilbert said he plans to major in business administration.