Cornerback or Safety?

Clemson verbal commitment Sergio Gilliam was a standout performer at the Shrine Bowl this past December and at the time, he didn't know which position the Tigers would want him at next season. That doesn't appear to be the case now as one of Clemson's top prospects starts to eye a spot in the secondary.

When Sergio Gilliam committed to the Tigers back in early December, not too many recruiting experts had him on their radar. However that quickly changed when he shut down some of the top wide receivers in North Carolina High School football at the Shrine Bowl in Rock Hill.

Gilliam, now in the midst of basketball season at Greer, is averaging close to 14 points per game from his small forward position.

"Basketball is going well for us, we don't have the best record, but I enjoy playing, so that's good," said the future Tiger.

Greer's Sergio Gilliam caught 21 passes for 452 yards and 4 touchdowns this past season at wide receiver, and he also added 8 interceptions in the defensive backfield.
The last time we spoke with Sergio, he was unclear about which position he would be playing once he arrives on campus this fall. Now, it appears as though the Tigers' coaching staff definitely has something in mind.

"They really want me to play cornerback," said Gilliam. "They asked me briefly about possibly playing safety after that, but I told them I'm comfortable at corner- so I'm looking forward to it."

With Gilliam moving to corner, that gives the Tigers three true cover corners in the 2003 class in Robert Reese, Brian Staley, and Sergio Gilliam.

More importantly, it gives defensive coordinator John Lovett three diverse athletes in the secondary. One is pure speedster in Brian Staley, one is tall cover corner with range in Sergio Gilliam, and the other is a Mr. Do Everything athlete in Robert Reese.

Gilliam was in Tiger Town the weekend of January 10th, and was hosted by Jamaal Fudge and had the following to say about the weekend.

"It was great, my parents got to talk to the other parents and the coaches, and they made us all feel right at home. There was never a doubt about me coming to Clemson, that was it," added Gilliam.

As far as early playing time goes, the coaching staff hasn't offered too much information to Gilliam up to this point.

"Basically all they've told me is to enjoy my last few months of high school, because when I get to Clemson, the focus will completely change to my life there, so I'm excited about it, and I'm looking forward to it."

We will continue to keep you updated on Sergio Gilliam, throughout the coming months, and on into the summer. Top Stories