'I went crazy' when 'Bama offered

Many programs begin offering a slew of junior prospects soon after national signing day, but few prospects on the east coast have had the two-week period that Lamont Gaillard has had. On Wednesday, it turned up a notch as Alabama and FSU joined the offer party.

"I've got plenty of offers so far, so I'm excited," said Lamont Gaillard of his recruiting thus far.

Many hadn't heard his name until a few weeks ago, but that's when all the attention really picked up for the 6-foot-3, 315-pounder.

"Two weeks ago exactly, it's been fun getting all of the offers!" he shared. "I have Georgia, ECU, UNC, N.C. State, Alabama and Florida State.

"All of them surprised me just because I didn't think it would come at me so fast."

Alabama and Florida State both came through on Wednesday.

"Two of the best schools in the nation on the same exact day...that got me excited," he added.

The Fayetteville (N.C.) Pine Forest talent is new to the recruiting game, but he's not new to standing out. Gaillard has been a starter on the defensive line since he was a freshman and he even played considerable offensive tackle in 2012.

With versatility helping to take his game to the next level, the national champs took notice and defensive line coach Chris Rumph made the call.

"My coach told me and I got on the phone with one of the recruiters and they said 'we are offering you,'" the junior explained. "I was surprised, so when I found out they offered me I went crazy.

"They're a great school, I wouldn't mind going to Alabama. But it's still a big decision, so I'm going to take my time."

While he plays both ways, the class of 2014 standout is destined to play defense based on both his heart and feedback from schools like Alabama thus far.

"Defensive tackle!" he said of a preference. "That's where I think I'll cause the most trouble."

"My film is great, I have good size," he continued on the feedback he's received. "I can work all plays of the ball not just a one-down player and out (of the game)."

While the attention is flattering, Gaillard admits he has plenty of work to do when it comes to getting to know each school on his growing list.

"I don't know really. I haven't looked into all of the teams," he admitted on who is standing out. "All of them! All of these programs can take me to the next level."

Gaillard, who grew up a Duke fan, will get a busy spring going by checking out South Carolina and Clemson over the next few days.


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