Trinity Christian (FL) four-star linebacker Eriq Gilyard has already been down this road once. In November he made a commitment to Maryland, which was a surprise to many.
Less than two months later, Gilyard went back on the market when he reopened his recruitment. Since then, he’s taken a different approach. On Sunday he narrowed his focus, with a top six of Virginia Tech, Kentucky, NC State, Maryland, Michigan and Central Florida.
This time it might be a bit longer before he makes what he says will be a final decision. Part of that came from his short-lived commitment to the Terps.
“The biggest thing is just to evaluate everything,” Gilyard said. “Don’t be in a rush to do anything, just look through it thoroughly. That’s what I’m doing now.”
Gilyard said he isn’t sure when he’ll make his final decision, but it’ll be before the end of the year.
“I knew I was going to enroll early,” he said. “I just figured I wanted to get everything done as fast as possible and as efficient as possible. I just narrowed it down to the schools that showed me the most love, where I can last throughout the process and where I feel like I can make the most impact.”
The Hokies were among the first to offer Gilyard last spring. That list now consists of nearly two dozen schools. And Virginia Tech has remained a constant presence.
“They’ve been recruiting me for a while,” Gilyard said. “I’ve been up there once. The coaches show me a lot of love, Coach (Charley) Wiles and Coach (Bud) Foster. Whenever I’m talking to them, they make me a priority, whenever I’m around them. I just love them for that.”
Gilyard said his relationship with Wiles has especially been a crucial aspect.
“I saw him about two weeks ago and he was at my game,” Gilyard said. “We still talk a lot. It’s about the same stuff he’s always told me. He said I could come in early and make a difference. They signed a couple of linebackers, but it’s still the best to keep them in there.”
Gilyard also broke down the rest of his top five:
Kentucky: “It’s a great school. They show me a lot of love. The coaches say I can go in early and make an impact. I love it there. I haven’t been there, but I plan on going.”
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