March 28, 2023

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Diamond in The Rough: Gabriel Valladares

Gabriel Valladares is a class of 2022 TE for Belen Jesuit Prep in Miami, FL. He is 6’3 and weighs 230 lbs. Gabriel benches 285, squats 455, deadlifts 315, cleans 225, and has a 28-inch vert. He is an absolute bully on the field, and you’ll constantly notice throughout his film him driving defenders ten-plus yards back and putting them on their backs. He plays very physically; he’s outstanding and relentless at blocking and, as a receiver, is very hard to bring down. Overall, Gabriel is an interesting prospect that displays fearlessness and great effort and compliments that with versatility and athleticism.

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How long have you been playing football? Since 6th grade.

Do you play any other sports? Yes, I also do track, basketball, and lacrosse.

What’s your favorite route to run? A 10-yard dig.

Do you prefer blocking or running a route? I’m more dominant at blocking but I love running routes.

 Can you play any other positions? I’ve played all over the O and D line and I also have experience at LB.

What stands out about the way you play? I would say my aggressiveness and the way I dominate.

What made you chose to play TE? My freshman year when I got moved to varsity the TE spot was open and I made the transition and ever since then I’ve been playing TE.

What do you enjoy the most about playing TE? Getting those big first downs, touchdowns, and dominating the guy in front of me. 

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What are you doing to get better?  I have workouts Mondays through Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays I’m usually on the field working on my speed and running routes with my QB. 

Do you have any goals for this upcoming season? Have a winning record, go deep in the playoffs, and winning the championship would be amazing. Personally, I want to lead the team in yards, receptions, and touchdowns.

What goes through your mind pre-snap? I like to read a lot of things; I have to see my assignment and know what’s going on. At the same time, I have to be aware of my teammates around me and their strengths and weaknesses. 

What do you bring to the table for a team? I bring a big, strong, athletic, and dominant football  player that’s going to  put everything into each play.

What would you consider your biggest strength? Blocking.

Why should colleges give you a chance? I work my butt off, I’m really in the weight room all the time. I’m a player that can play at the collegiate level and help a team win and turn a program around if I need to.

What position do you see yourself playing at the next level?  A mix of H-back and TE. 

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