Q&A with Sergio Gilliam

Sergio Gilliam is a prospect that has largely stayed under the recruiting radar this year, but that didn't stop him from verbally committing to recruiting coordinator Rick Stockstill earlier today. Gilliam answers all the questions you want to know the answer to in this indepth interview!

Today has been a pretty big day for you, why don't you go ahead and tell me about the events that led up to your commitment to Clemson?
Gilliam: Well, you know 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.

Were you planning on committing today?
Gilliam: Well, what happened is that Coach Stockstill had planned a visit with my school but we didn't have school today so he asked if he could just stop by my house and I told him that was fine. That's how it all happened. I had wanted to commit sometime before the Shrine Bowl and that's coming pretty soon, so I just decided to go ahead and commit now and get it out the way and let everyone know that I wanted to have my college football career at Clemson.

Tell me about your senior season for the people out there that don't know much about you.
Gilliam: Well, we lost in the 3rd round of the playoffs to Union, 21-14. I finished the year with 10 touchdowns and 8 interceptions. I caught 21 passes for 452 yards and 4 touchdowns. My other scores came from kick returns and defense. I played as wide receiver, cornerback, and a kick returner on both kickoffs and punts.

Everyone wants to know which position you'll play at Clemson, where do you think it will be: wide receiver, cornerback, or safety?
Gilliam: Well, I don't have a preference for where I'm going to play at right now. Right now they are recruiting me as an athlete. Wherever I'm able to help out the team, that's where I'll stay once I get there.

Do you think there is a chance for you to play both ways in college?
Gilliam: I'm not sure, but that would be real great for me to be able to do that. I would love to do that actually.

Did Coach Stockstill mention that to you as a possibility?
Gilliam: To tell you the truth that never really came up. The next time I talk to the coaches I'll have to ask them about that. That's a great question. They haven't mentioned it, maybe it's because they don't know the answer themselves. I'll definitely ask them next time I talk to them.

Which schools were recruiting you the hardest before you made this decision?
Gilliam: Tennessee, South Carolina, Georgia, and Vanderbilt and I had scholarship offers from all of those schools too.

Are you planning on taking any other official visits or setting up any other in-home visits?
Gilliam: No sir, I'm not, and I don't have any other in-home visits scheduled either.

So this is pretty much a done deal then?
Gilliam: Oh yeah.

Just out of curiousity, how many phone calls have you taken about this today?
Gilliam: Well, let's see, I'd have to say about 10 or 11 phone calls in all. There's been a lot of calls. I expected a reaction, but not this big. This is pretty good. (laughing) I've been told that nobody really knew about me until I committed today. Most people know now, everyone should know soon considering all the phone calls I've gotten from newspapers and web sites.

In conclusion, we'd like to thank Sergio Gilliam for taking the time to speak with us. It sounds like the Tigers really landed an outstanding prospect that is firm in his commitment to Clemson University!

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