Buffalo Grove’s 2018 DE Justin Gold doesn’t have any offers yet, but will be a big name to watch this offseason. We talked him joining wrestling to help him stay in shape and get ready for next season, schools he’s kept in touch with and his underrated teammates.
You can find Justin on Twitter @JustinGold16.
Buffalo Grove, IL
Wt: 215 lbs
Commitment status: Undecided
LPI: Your season came to an end a few weeks ago after you guys finished at 3-6. What are you going to do this offseason to take your game to the next level?
JG: I think one commitment I’ve made to better my game is joining wrestling. I know that it will help me get physically and mentally tougher, as well as teach me hard work and dedication. Also, I will constantly be in the weight room. I hope to be 235lbs by the end of the school year. Coach Vlk (Our Head Football Coach) has helped me through my high school career and I’m sure he’s going to push me throughout wrestling season as well in the weight room.
LPI: You currently have 0 offers, but I think that will change soon. What are your greatest strengths or what can you bring to the table for a college football program?
JG: I think one of my strengths is that I’ve played defensive line and tight end since I was six, so I have a lot of experience at those positions. Another one of my strengths is that football is my passion and love of the game. I am always trying to push myself on and off the field. My gametime mentality is contagious and I do a good job of preparing and pumping up my teammates before the game. Also, my ability to shed blockers and hand fight helps my game greatly.
LPI: Offer or not, which schools have you kept in contact with the most? Or which schools have shown interest in you?
JG: Purdue University has shown the most interest so far, sending mail like invitations to their games. Also, Illinois talks to me face to face.
LPI: Where have you visited most recently and do you have any visits coming up?
JG: The latest visit was when I went out to see the Purdue against Penn state game.
LPI: Who are some of your teammates that you believe have a chance to play at the next level, but may be getting overlooked by college coaches?
JG: Our two tackles Max Merriott and Jack Merrill are very big, fast, athletic lineman. Jack gets interest, and Max and I are at the beginning of the process.