QB Prospect From Oakman Gaining Attention

Oakman, Ala.--Not many kids can dream about a season better than the one <!--Default NodeId For Chad Kilgore is 1185376,2004--><A HREF=[PlayerNode:1185376]>Chad Kilgore</A> had as a junior.

Leading Oakman High to its best record in years and a berth in the state playoff semi-finals, Kilgore passed for 2,585 yards and 35 touchdowns and also added another seven touchdowns on the ground.

A big, strong quarterback at 6-3, 225 pounds and also mobile enough at 4.7 in the 40-yard dash to elude defenders, Kilgore has drawn the attention of colleges and says that this spring has been unlike any he's ever been through.

"It's been different," Kilgore tells Inside The Auburn Tigers. "I like it, I guess. I'm not sure about what school I favor right now. Everyday they come by it changes. I like it."

Auburn, Alabama, Mississippi State, Southern Miss, Troy State, UAB and North Alabama have all been by this spring to see Kilgore in action or on film. While many more will likely come and go before signing day next February, the soon-to-be five-year starter says that one school has already made a favorable impression on him.

"I like the way Auburn has shown interest in me," Kilgore says. "The first day of spring Coach Knox (wide receiver Coach Greg Knox) was at my school. I just like the atmosphere at Auburn. The people are nice and easy-going. They are laid back. My mom is a big Auburn fan, but most of my family are Alabama fans. I can't do what they want though, I have to do what I want."

Chad Kilgore

One thing Kilgore made clear was his desire to visit and see a variety of campuses this summer and fall. A frequent visitor to both Auburn and Tuscaloosa, Kilgore says that he'll use this chance to see some different schools and places before making a decision.

"June 12-13 I'm going to be in Auburn for the Senior Camp," Kilgore says. He also plans to attend at camp at the University of Oregon in June. "I'm going to go to a Troy State and UAB camp as well, I believe," Kilgore says. "I'm definitely going to visit some other schools to see what it's like and see if I like it. I have to see if it fits me better than other schools."

For now Kilgore says he plans to keep working on getting bigger and stronger before next fall. Those who have seen Kilgore play say that his arm strength is the biggest part of his game. Kilgore agrees with that assessment, but says that he's hoping to improve in all areas before making a run at the state title next year.

"I have actually changed my delivery a little bit," Kilgore says. "I'm using my body more than my arm now, so my arm will be a little bit stronger now. There's no doubt that my arm is the strongest part of my game, but I have been working on my feet hard trying to get quicker."


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