Jeremiah Vessel 2023 U-High

Posted On: 11/16/20 11:24 AM

University Lab had looked forward to its next meeting with Madison Prep for more than a calendar year.

U-High had never lost to the Chargers and hadn’t dropped a district game since 2016 when it did so in emphatic fashion, 33-0, last October.

With key stars from each side of the matchup now gone to the SEC, the next classes took the reins of the potentially budding rivalry.

And the Cubs got back on the right side of the series’ win-loss column behind the performances of at least three classes of future Power Five athletes.

Here are a few of the standouts:

2021 Recruiting Class

Jardin GilbertJardinGilbert6'2" | DBUniversity Lab | 2021StateLA — 6-2, 175 DB — University Lab

In a matchup in which both defenses tried their best to keep the ball away from their opponent’s two-way senior star, Gilbert was able to particularly make his presence felt — literally — on the other side of the ball where he repeatedly showed the physicality that has him so focused on playing defensive back in college rather than wide receiver. His biggest offensive highlight against Madison Prep came on a 38-yard reception over a defender to set up a short touchdown run for

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