Want to attack every day with the latest UGA football recruiting info? That’s what the Intel brings. The play here calls for a chat with Akiba Gilbert and her son Arik Gilbert. You may have heard of him. The 5-star recruit shows up on the stat sheet with great frequency.
Akiba Gilbert shared a few minutes of her time with DawgNation recently. When she did, she spilled a big secret right out of the gate when it comes to her son Arik.
School choice? No, that’s still to be determined. But it seems her son’s previous walkthrough of the pronunciation of his name was not entirely accurate.
“Who is this A-RIQUE?,” Akiba Gilbert said when she spied the video of Gilbert breaking down the proper phonetics.
The nation’s No. 1 ATH for 2020 (247Sports Composite) went heavy on the hot sauce while sharing the proper way to say his first name. He did so, she was told, in order to draw attention to the fact that everyone usually messes up his first name.
For the record, it is not “A-RIQUE” as in Dominique Wilkins of Atlanta Hawks fame. It is “A-RICK” as in rhyming his first name with “brick” when done correctly.
This, it seems, was a hysterical moment in the Gilbert family. Especially given how “A-RICK” even walked DawgNation through the ropes of it on camera.
“I know,” she said. “It was on camera. When his Dad and I saw that, we just could not believe it. We were like ‘Who is that?’ and I was like ‘Ok, A-RIQUE. Go ahead A-RIQUE’ with that.”
Arik Gilbert rates as the nation’s No. 1 ATH and the nation’s No. 11 overall prospect for 2020 on the well-known 247Sports Composite. (Jeff Sentell/DawgNation)
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Smart coaching staffs know it is vital to invest in a relationship with the entire family. Who recruits Team Gilbert well and not just “A-RICK” here?
“UGA, Clemson, Tennessee, Auburn,” she said. “I don’t want to leave anybody out. I sure hope I do not, but those are the biggest ones I can think of.”
In an attempt to look at this a little differently, she was asked a question about what her son’s recruiting relationship with UGA feels like. Does it seem like a common high school relationship?
Nothing steady. No serious commitment. But a whole lot of folks seem to think that they are going to end up together.
She nodded when she heard that.
“You know what?” Akiba Gilbert said. “That’s what I said with that and UGA in regard to their recruiting. It is almost like they are recruiting from the side of a boyfriend or a girlfriend or vice versa trying to get the girlfriend. I really think that is it.”
She expanded on that thought.
Arik Gilbert has definitely looked like he can dodge even the tightest shadows so far playing for Hustle, Inc. this spring in the 7-on-7 world. (Jeff Sentell/DawgNation)
“What I really appreciate in any kind of recruiting program and there’s a clear difference here with this,” she said. “Because I think the recruiting program stands alone and outside of the football program. The big difference here is all the details. And I love the detail that UGA just puts into their recruiting program.”
“Because I feel like if you are that meticulous in your recruiting, then you have to also be that meticulous within your football program. To me, that is a direct correlation.”
What is her favorite thing about Georgia? Is it the degree? Location? Position fit? Need? Priority? She really couldn’t put her finger on just one.