Former John Curtis Christian High School standout Tyler Gilbert joins the Tulane football program following single seasons at North Carolina Prep, Arkansas and Southwest Mississippi Community College.
Aug. 2, 2013
NEW ORLEANS - On the eve of Tulane University's 2013 preseason football camp, second-year head coach Curtis Johnson announced the addition of former John Curtis Christian High School standout Tyler Gilbert for the upcoming season.
A 6-3, 244-pound native of Sorrento, La., Gilbert comes to Tulane following stints at North Carolina Prep, the University of Arkansas and Southwest Mississippi Community College. A rising junior, he will be eligible to play for the Green Wave right away and has two remaining years of eligibility.
As a prepster at John Curtis and coach J.T. Curtis in 2009, Gilbert posted 36 tackles, seven sacks and an interception while helping lead the Patriots to a 13-1 overall record, a district title and an appearance in the state championship game. From there, he went to North Carolina Prep where he logged 62 stops and five sacks en route to a 9-1 record for coach Tim Newton.
Following his prep school season, Gilbert joined Bobby Petrino at Arkansas where he appeared in five games and logged three assisted tackles and a quarterback hurry. Gilbert posted single-tackle outings that year against Missouri State, New Mexico and Tennessee while also seeing action against Auburn and Mississippi State. Off the field, he was a member of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity.
He then transferred to SMCC where he played in six games and tallied 13 tackles (6 solo, 7 assists) with a half tackle for loss. Gilbert recorded a career-best seven stops (5 solo, 2 assists) at Itawamba, had three tackles (1 solo, 2 assists) at Copiah-Lincoln, and added two assisted tackles and a stop for an 11-yard loss at Hinds.
Gilbert is the second junior-college transfer to join the Green Wave for the 2013 season and the third with Division I experience, joining quarterback Nick Montana - who played at Washington in 2011 and at Mount San Antonio College last year - and defensive lineman Chris Davenport - who played the last three seasons at LSU.