Defensive End, Class of 2021
Highland Springs HS, Highland, VA
It’s a little early for Highland Springs (Va.) 2021 defensive end Kelvin Gilliam to get too wrapped up in his recruitment. But he’s getting to know a few of his early options, including a couple of visits this year.
Gilliam counts four FBS offers, from Virginia Tech, Michigan State, Georgia Tech and Toledo. At this point, he has no favorites. It’s all a matter of getting a feel for his current options, while keeping an eye on more possibilities.
“I’m looking for how aggressive their defense is, how well their team communicates on defense and how they work as a unit,” Gilliam said. “I’d like to go to a school on the East coast, but any school interested, I’ll look into it.”
The Hokies made their offer Nov. 8, the day after Michigan State. But Gilliam already was somewhat familiar with Virginia Tech, having attended its spring game in April.
“I love the way they compete,” he said. “They really put on a show, especially the defense. They went out there and competed, made lots of plays. They were aggressive the whole time.”
Assistant coach Charley Wiles has been the coach Gilliam has talked to most. Their relationship really got going when they worked together at one point over the summer.
“I spoke to him when I went to a camp at Randolph-Macon,” Gilliam said. “He was very inspiring. He inspired me to do good. He told me things, like to work on my hands more, to get more explosive, just being at the camp. I liked how he just gave me tips.”
Overall, Gilliam said he likes what he’s seen from the Hokies.
“It’s a great school,” he said. “I try to look at the academics, just more than football. I really want to talk to the head coach. I haven’t talked to him yet. It’s just been Coach Wiles and the running backs coach so far.”
The only visit Gilliam made this season was in September, to Virginia, for its game against Louisville. But there was plenty...
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