LB Gilliard has FSU offer & talks recruiting

Mike Gilliard is a linebacker from Valdosta High in Valdosta, GA. As one of the top linebackers in Georgia for 2009, he's seen many schools in the south offer him. The Seminoles of Florida State are the latest to offer the talented athlete, and NoleDigest caught up with him to get his thoughts on the Noles and how his recruitment is going so far.

Mike Gilliard is one of the top playmakers from the linebacker position in Georgia for the 2009 recruiting class. He posted great stats his junior season, as had 112 tackles, 8 sacks and 2 interceptions. He's seen his recruitment get off to a great start, and some of the best programs in the southeast have offered scholarships already. "Recruiting is going real good, you know. I have offers from Miami, Georgia, Georgia Tech, Alabama, Indiana, Middle Tennessee State, UF and Florida State just offered. I've also been hearing from Auburn, Ole Miss, Virginia and many other schools like that," said Gilliard.

While it's early, Mike says that the Seminoles are a team that he may consider as his process starts to really pick up. For Mike, it is about getting a chance to check out a program he doesn't know much about. He said, "FSU is a school I may consider. I don't know too much about them. I need to take a visit down there to see what's going on there. I like them, though."

Jimbo Fisher is the coach that Mike has been in contact with, and there is talk that he may come down to Tallahassee soon with his head coach to make a visit. "I talk to Coach Jimbo Fisher. I'm going down there sometime with my head coach so I can meet him and look at the campus. I haven't really talked to him as he talks to my coach. He says they really liked my highlight film and wanted to offer me," explained Gilliard.

At this time Gilliard says he doesn't have a favorite, but the two in-state powers are catching most of his attention. He said, "Georgia and Georgia Tech are kind of my favorite right now, but not really leaders. They are recruiting me the hardest. I'm not rushing into anything and whatever happens happens."

Mike is a very aggressive player who likes the contact that comes with the game of football. "I'm a hard-nosed hitter," said Gilliard. He continues, "I think I have a feel for the game and a nose for the ball. I can come up and fill the lane. I can always improve on that but need to work on my man-to-man coverage. Getting better at everything is what I want to do."

The 6'3" 205 pound prospect plays outside linebacker for his Valdosta team, and that is what he hopes to play in college. He tells NoleDigest, "I played Will this past year and next year I plan on playing both outside spots. I want to play outside in college."

Gilliard intends on taking some visits before making a decision, so don't look for a commitment anytime soon. He explained that the school that is most comfortable to him is the most important thing when it comes down to the school he'll choose in the end. Stay tuned to NoleDigest for further updates with Mike and the rest of the 2009 recruiting class.

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