2026’s C.J. Gamble has the kind of work ethic that coaches dream about | Youth1

2026’s C.J. Gamble has the kind of work ethic that coaches dream about

C.J. Gamble is one of the best players from the Carrollton, GA area in the Class of 2026. 


The 5-foot-9, 165-pound Gamble, who attends Carrollton Jr. High, is a dynamic player that works as a linebacker. 



Gamble has earned plenty of recognition during his career, such as: Future Stars Game 2020 Team Georgia starter and 2019 S.T.A.N.D Football camp MVP. 

Gamble is humbled by the accolades. 

“They mean a lot to me. It tells me that I am capable of being a great player and do many great things throughout my career,” Gamble said. “It was very fun and I got to meet a lot of people my age and skill level that was very talented as well.”

Gamble has attended the following camps: FBU, FBU Top Gun, Elite Talent, and S.T.A.N.D Football camp. 

In one game this season, Gamble amassed 6 tackles, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery in one half. 


No matter the opponent, every game Gamble is determined to give it his all. 


Gamble is going all out. 


The motor is always at full throttle whenever Gamble steps between the lines.


“My mindset is being aggressive and always focused,” Gamble said. 


Gamble has great passion and energy whenever he’s on the field. Gamble tells why he enjoys the game of football so much. 


“It takes my mind off of everything and it is very fun,” Gamble said. 


Gamble has learned many valuable lessons from playing football that he applies to his everyday life. 


“It shaped my personality and it taught me that life isn't a game,” Gamble said. 


Gamble shares his favorite memory of playing football.


“My favorite memory was when I won my first championship because we were the underdogs,” Gamble said. 


Gamble takes his role as one of the leaders on the team very seriously. Gamble makes sure he’s a daily positive influence on his peers.


“I demonstrate being a good teammate by always having my head up, having a good attitude, being coachable, and always being a good sport,” Gamble said. “The best advice I give is to always work hard because it will pay off someday.”


Gamble is appreciative of having amazing male role models that are supportive.


“I've learned to never give up, to always try your hardest in everything, and to not take things for granted,” Gamble said. “The best advice I’ve gotten is that you're always going to have haters, just block them off.”


Gamble patterns his mentality after this standout.  

“I look up to Ray Lewis because he is always a leader. He is very aggressive on the field but nice in person,” Gamble said. “Ray Lewis is also very humble and smart, and lets all of his game do the talking.”

Gamble lists science as his favorite subject in school. 


“It's the subject I’m the best at,” Gamble said. 


Gamble explains his collegiate aspirations. 


“My top interests are Clemson, Alabama, and Oregon,” Gamble said. 

Gamble maintains a rigorous schedule to stay sharp.

“I do push ups, squats and sit ups,” Gamble said. 


Gamble is striving for greatness in all that he does. 


“When I get to high school I want to be a straight A student, to graduate and be able to attend a college of my choice,” Gamble said. 


Gamble describes what he believes separates himself from the pack. 


“How serious I am about sports, how much work I put into this sport, and how much I care about sports,” Gamble said. 


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