Two-a-days officially kicked off last Wednesday in the state of Maryland, and Good Counel linebacker…
East Versus West
Troy Gloster, the 6-foot, 225-pound three-star linebacker from Our Lady Good Counsel High School in Olney, Md., has 13 scholarship offers and three finalists vying for his commitment. "It's down to West Virginia, Michigan and Stanford," Gloster said. "I feel like I've built a pretty good relationship with these coaches and they have what I'm looking for with academics and football." Scout.com's No. 11 middle linebacker in the country has already visited both the Mountaineers and Cardinal but has never been to Ann Arbor to visit Michigan. "I definitely plan to take an (official) visit to Michigan," he said. "They have great tradition and are pretty much a football factory. They produce a lot of NFL players and it's one of those programs where it's just an honor to say you play for them." Gloster visited Stanford in July and was impressed with the West Coast way of life. "The people there are very friendly and helpful," he said. "It seems more laid back and a bit slower there. It's not as up-tempo. On the East Coast everyone is in a hurry. "I felt pretty comfortable there," he said of Palo Alto. "Not everyone can go to the NFL and a Stanford degree is worth a lot. And I got along great with the coaches." Although he enjoyed the Cardinal coaching staff, Gloster admits he has the closest relationship with West Virginia (defensive coordinator) Jeff Casteel. "He's really cool," he said. "I think we've got a great relationship. I feel like he'll be there for me and that we can talk about anything. "I also like that he's not a big yeller," he said. "He's a real player's coach." Although Gloster says that distance won't play a factor, he also says it's a bonus for the Mountaineers that they aren't too far away. "I'd love to stay close to home," he said. "But I'm not gonna cut my options just to stay close." Gloster says he'll make his decision after take a few official visits. "I wanted to commit before the end of summer, but that's not gonna happen," he said. "I want to take my trips and make sure the coaches really want me and show me love. I'll go where I feel the most comfortable." Our Lady Good Counsel will be traveling to California for their opening game of the 2009 season as they take on Valhalla High School in El Cajon on Sept. 4. Gloster plans on majoring in business and reports a 3.4 core GPA and a 1260 three-part SAT. Says he's fully qualified and doesn't plan on retaking the SAT.
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