While he may be a Southern boy now complete with the accent, Pulaski Academy's Trevor Gillott still has some West Coast flavor to him and also happens to be a great student.
The 6-3, 205-pound safety was born in California and that explains why teams such as defending national champion USC and Stanford and premier educational institutions Harvard and Vanderbilt join Arkansas on his list of recruiting leaders at the moment.
"I was born in Monterey, California and moved to Arkansas when I was seven," Gillott said. "I usually go back there twice every summer. I think that's why Stanford and USC have shown such interest in me here in Arkansas. They know that I might want to go back out there. I consider myself a little mixture of both - an Arkansan and a Californian. But I've got the Arkansas accent, that's for sure."
Gillott was one of the junior prospects that Arkansas was paying close attention to during last Saturday's rain-drenched FCA combine at War Memorial Stadium in Little Rock.
"I had been coming out here with my (personal) trainer and doing all the drills for about a month," Gillott said. "I didn't so as well on some of my drills as I wanted too, such as my vertical, but some of that was obviously a by-product of the weather."
He has the height, the speed and toughness the Razorbacks - who have a tradition of standout safeties - look for in his spot.
"I am getting a lot of mail from Arkansas and in fact, they are sending me the most mail," Gillott said. "They are projecting me as a safety, but also looking at me as a wide receiver as well."
Gillott, who was a member of one publication's All-Arkansas sophomore team back in 2002, had 79 tackles and four interceptions in 2003 as Pulaski Academy won the Class AAA state championship.
"I think my pass coverage, especially my man-to-man coverage, is what I excel at," Gillott said. "I still need to work on breaking on the ball when I am in zone coverage and reading the quarterback."
He'll do so by not only working out in Little Rock, but attending at least four summer football camps.
"I am going to go to the Arkansas camp as well as one run by (New York Jets head coach) Herman Edwards and camps at Vanderbilt and USC this summer," Gillott said. "All of those should help in my development and also help me to be seen."
Pulaski Academy suffered a humbling 62-0 blowout loss to Class AAAAA power Springdale and lost to archrival Central Arkansas Christian, but took down its other 12 foes en route to the championship.
"It was awesome," Gillott said. "That first game, Springdale blew us out 62-0, but we came back and only lost one more time to CAC. That woke us up again and then we just took it on to where we needed to be.
"We have five returning starters," Gillott added. "We are not going to be as good as we were last year, but I think we have a lot of heart and we are going to have a bunch of people step up and make sure we make the playoffs. I plan on stepping up and I am sure many of my teammates will do the same thing."
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