Quick Hits with Sergio Gilliam

Sergio Gilliam emerged out of nowhere in early December after another dominating season at Greer High School by verbally committing to Clemson University. Today, we examine the strengths and weaknesses of Sergio headed into fall practice.

Sergio Gilliam
Greer High School (Greer, SC)
NR: 50 Rating: ***

THE STATS: Sergio Gilliam was an All-State both his junior and senior years. He was also a 2002 Shrine Bowl participant and he led state in interceptions in each of the last two seasons with 13 and 10, respectively. He finished the year with 10 touchdowns and 10 interceptions and he also caught 21 passes for 452 yards and 4 touchdowns.

PROBABLE POSITION: Sergio will play either at free safety or cornerback next season, and he'll most certainly be looking at a redshirt. We like him as a corner simply because he has natural instincts and seems to be able to cover just about anybody in anykind of situation. He really excelled at the Shrine Bowl against North Carolina's Mike Mason.

STRENGTH: Gilliam is a playmaker that will provide solid depth at the cornerback position for years to come. His speed and his size will also make him a valuable commodity to have in the secondary simply because he's so versatile. He could stay at cornerback or make the transition over to free safety should he add a few more pounds.

WEAKNESS: Like most high school seniors, Gilliam will have to work hard in the weight room in order to successfully make the transition to the collegiate level. He has outstanding size, but he'll need to add a few more pounds onto his 6-3, 175-pound frame if he's going to hold up to the pounding of Division I-A college football.

WHY CLEMSON? "The location is real close and that's important to me, and after talking to all the coaches and sitting down with them I just felt real comfortable about the going to school there. The atmosphere was really nice and the facilities really impressed me too, but the main thing is that I feel like I just fit in there. Right now, I'm just looking forward to getting there and staring my college career."

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