Kelvin Gilliam Breaks Down Top 10

Kelvin Gilliam
Kelvin Gilliam could play inside or outside in college.


Kelvin Gilliam
Defensive Line, Class of 2021
Highland Springs High School, Highland Springs, VA
6-3, 250

Yesterday, Highland Springs (Va.) four-star defensive tackle Kelvin Gilliam moved a bit closer to making a decision. He’s hinted that he could be ready to make that decision soon, or he also could need more time.

Gilliam, No. 104 in the 2021 Rivals250, released a top 10 via social media of Virginia Tech, Penn State, Minnesota, Texas, Florida, LSU, California, Oklahoma, Kentucky and South Carolina. At this point, Gilliam maintains he doesn’t know which school he’ll choose, but he’s trying to narrow down which one will fit him best.

“It’s all about, how are you a priority for somebody?” Gilliam said. “Can you go make an impact on and off the field? That’s the main thing. All of them made me a priority.”

Gilliam, though, has only visited two of those schools in-person: Virginia Tech and Penn State. He’s seen the Hokies multiple times, most recently last summer for the Blacksburg Bash.

“They’re staying in a very good place with me,” Gilliam said. “I have a great relationship with the new defensive coordinator, Coach Ham (Justin Hamilton), Coach Link (Bill Teerlinck) and Coach (Darryl) Tapp. That’s been a great thing for them and a great addition.”

Gilliam said he’s long talked regularly with coach Justin Fuente, but he’s only recently developed a bond with Teerlinck and Tapp over the past couple of months.

“I’ve been talking to Coach Ham, Coach Tapp and Coach Fuente recently,” Gilliam said. “It’s a great relationship, and we talk about a lot of things, like football, things going on in the world, how they see me and what I can do at Virginia Tech. They see me as a versatile D-lineman that can play inside and outside.”

Gilliam last saw the Nittany Lions in January, but he’s stayed in steady contact with multiple members of the coaching staff.

“It’s a great relationship,” Gilliam said. “They’ve been recruiting me since my freshman year. I have a great relationship with Coach (John) Scott, with the head coach (James Franklin). They just make me feel like I’m at home every time we talk. They just make me feel like family.”

While he hasn’t been able to see other members of his top 10 in-person, he said he did get a virtual look at a few schools. Over the past few months, he made virtual visits with Florida, Texas, Oklahoma and California.

“None of them

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