In Valor Christian's rise to the top of Colorado high school football there have been many constants, one of the primary being defense. During three consecutive state championship seasons the Valor defense has allowed, on average, just over nine points a game. Individually, a constant in this defensive dominance has been the play of defensive tackle Stanley Gilbert. The 6-0 290 pound Gilbert, an All-State performer since his sophomore season, is both a run stopper and pass rusher from his interior defensive line position. Over the past three seasons Gilbert has registered 18 total sacks while also making it tough to run.
Gilbert, who will be a senior next season, takes on a new role as a defensive leader with the departure of Michael Mann, A.J. Isenberg and Andrew Pint and JaVaughn Johnson from the defensive front seven. In regard to becoming a leader Gilbert states, "I'm going to have to step up and take the role of leader, making sure the new players know what to do and do it right."
Gilbert, who has worked with experienced defensive coaches throughout his career says, "the coaches always prepare me for the next level, showing me the right way to do things." Gilbert's combination of skill, along with solid technique, have gained him DI attention. According to Gilbert, who currently holds no official offers, Duke, Iowa and Boise State are interested in his services. All three of these schools have recruited Valor heavily over the past season with Andrew Pint signing with Boise State and Max McCaffrey and Michael Mann signing with Duke.Valor, who placed multiple players from the class of 2012 in DI or FCS programs will once again have a stable of talent on the field so expect recruiters from across the nation to stop at the Highlands Ranch high school. As they do there is little doubt Gilbert will gain increasing recruiting attention.