Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Anthony Gatti


Fr., OL, 6-6, 280, St. Louis, Mo. (Parkway North HS)

(Last name is pronounced GOT-ee) … A tough, aggressive lineman who has outstanding strength … Ranked by as the No. 11 overall prospect in the state of Missouri, as well as the nation’s No. 43 offensive tackle prospect … puts him at No. 74 in the nation among tackle prospects … Named a 1st-Team All-State selection at offensive tackle as a senior in 2009 as his team made the semi-finals of the state championships … Was forced to miss his team’s playoff run due to a knee injury suffered in the final regular-season game … Was named the Suburban South Conference Offensive Player of the Year as a senior, among other honors … Was a 2nd-Team All-State selection as a junior in 2008, in addition to being 1st-Team All-Conference … Played on three district champion teams at Parkway North … Also lettered in hockey and baseball, as well as throwing the shot put with the track and field squad … High school coach – Bob Bunton … Hails from the same high school as Aaron O’Neal … Parents – Ralph & Linda Gatti … Has two older brothers who currently attend Mizzou … Interested in studying business management in Mizzou’s esteemed School of Business … Lists hobbies as music, sports, video games and cars … Claims that he is a “neat freak” who is also a good dancer, and that he is a master at the video game “Call of Duty” … Also claims that he once ate almost every item in one sitting in the green seat menu of a St. Louis Cardinals baseball game … Chose Mizzou over Wisconsin, Mississippi, Kansas, Wake Forest, Vanderbilt and Indiana, among many others … Has been a Tiger fan most of his life, but mentioned the relationships he built during the recruiting process with Tiger coaches and players, as well as MU’s top-notch facilities, as major drawing points.