Texas Running Back Commits to CMU

The Central Michigan University football program has added its 19th verbal commitment for the 2005 recruiting class. This Texas running back is one of the fastest prep players in the Lone Star State.

Chippewas Insider has learned that Galena Park (Texas) North Shore High School running back Clifford Gilliam made a verbal commitment to Central Michigan University yesterday.

The 5-foot-9, 170-pound speedster, who rushed for more than 1,000 yards this season, has been clocked at 4.3 seconds in the 40-yard dash.

Nicknamed "Deion," Gilliam averaged 10 yards per carry as a sophomore and nine yards per carry as a junior.

Last season he helped lead North Shore to a 15-0 record and the 2003 Texas Class 5A, Division I State Championship. This season the Mustangs finished 11-1 and were District 23-5A Champions.

Gilliam had 10 touchdown runs of over 40 yards this year. He had two games this season where he rushed for more than 200 yards, including 223 yards on 16 carries against The Woodlands High School. In that game, Gilliam scored on runs of 80 and 89 yards in North Shore's 28-15 victory.

For his efforts on the gridiron, Gilliam was named first team All-District 23-5A. He also reportedly had recruitng interest from Texas Tech, Kansas State and Eastern Michigan.

Gilliam was scheduled to take his official visit to CMU this weekend. He becomes the 19th overall verbal commitment and the sixth player from the Lone Star State in the Chippewas 2005 recruiting class.

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