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Gateway coach Terry Smith updates recruiting process of Dondi Kirby, Armstead Williams

Written by: on Sunday, June 20th, 2010


Prior to Saturday’s Big-33 Football Classic, Gateway head coach Terry Smith offered an update on two Division-1 prospects that will play a key role in the Gators’ 2010 season – DB Dondi Kirby and WR/LB Armstead Williams.

Smith said Kirby – a 6’3, 190-pound athlete – likely won’t make a verbal commitment anytime soon. Scholarship offers keep on rolling in for Kirby, who is approaching 20-offer level, Smith said. To date, Kirby has received offers from programs like Florida, Southern California, Iowa, Ohio State, Pitt, West Virginia, and Wisconsin.

In his junior season, Kirby made the majority of his impact defensively, tallying 44 tackles (37 solo), intercepting four passes and forcing two fumbles. He also caught seven passes for 115 yards and added a five-yard touchdown run.

Armstead Williams, meanwhile, is approaching the one-dozen offer plateau, and the recruiting of Williams has been mixed between looks at either receiver or linebacker, Smith said. Williams has 11 scholarship offers from schools like Boston College, Illinois, Iowa, Michigan, Syracuse and Wisconsin.

Williams posted a very well-rounded junior season – and such an athlete could be considered an asset on either side of the ball. He caught 19 passes for 407 yards (21.04 avg./rec.) and four touchdowns while adding 62 tackles (39 solo), three sacks and a forced fumble on defense.

Gateway finished 12-1 in 2009, reaching the WPIAL “AAAA” championship game for the third consecutive season. Gateway is 35-4 (.897) the last three years.

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