"I got an offer from Auburn Monday night," Gillard tells Inside The Auburn Tigers. "I thought Auburn would have already offered me by now because I've got like 21 offers. I was kind of shocked when they offered me. I wasn't really interested in Auburn, but now I want to learn a lot about them. The only SEC schools and SEC schools I know a lot about are Georgia, Georgia Tech and Florida."
Familiar with Auburn through a current Auburn running back, Gilliard says he's got an idea of what the Tigers are all about because of that, but he's anxious to learn more in the coming weeks and months.
"I know Brad Lester and his parents," Gilliard says. "I stayed at his house last summer in Atlanta for a couple of days. I'm really interested in Auburn. I would love to know more about them."
Even with Auburn coming on board and his interest in the Tigers, Gilliard says right now the Tigers are behind a solid group of schools with one firmly at the top as he prepares for the summer camp circuit and his senior season.
Gilliard says he plans to make a decision before his senior season gets underway in August. Right now the Bulldogs are the team to beat, but Gilliard says he'll spend his time this summer looking for just the right school for him to spend the next four or five years.
"I want a school that definitely graduates athletes and has a great graduation rate," Gilliard says. "One of the other main things is playing time. I want to go in and compete early for a starting position."
A 6-2, 205 athletic linebacker that reports a personal-best time of 4.6 seconds in the 40-yard dash, Gilliard has started for two seasons at one of Georgia's top programs at linebacker. Last season Gilliard played outside linebacker and was very productive as he finished with 112 tackles, eight quarterback sacks, one interception and 18 tackles for losses. He also forced three fumbles. He says his numbers speak for themselves as a player who likes to be involved in the play no matter where it takes place.
"I'm a sideline to sideline player," Gilliard says. "I've got a nose for the ball. Right now I'm just trying to get better at everything I do. I think I have a nose for the ball. When I visualize defense I see me and the running back or whoever has got the ball. It's me and him and if he wants to get to the end zone I'm going to hit him."
This spring Gilliard has been busy as he has been running track for his high school. Despite being a linebacker, Gilliard says he has participated in the 200 meters, 400 meters and also the 4x100 meter relay.