Profile 2003 - Ryan Gilliam (WR/DB)

Ryan Gilliam is a terrific athlete from Tallahassee (Fla.) Lincoln High School. Last season as a junior, he helped guide Lincoln to a state championship.

One of the top prospects in North Florida is Ryan Gilliam from Tallahassee (Fla.) Lincoln. To Georgia fans, the name may sound familiar. His older brother Mike plays running back at Georgia. Ryan is a standout on both sides of the ball as a wide receiver and cornerback.

"I am just an athlete," said Gilliam. "I do not care what position I play as long as I can help the team. If they want me to play guard and pull, I will do it. In college, I have no preference. I just want to play and help my team."

It may be a little difficult for Gilliam to play offensive guard, considering his size (5-10, 170). But after speaking with his coach, you get the feeling he would more than hold his own.

"The thing I like about Ryan the most is that he is the most competitive kid on our team and he shows great leadership," said Lincoln assistant Head Coach Tony Collins. "Ryan is also a playmaker on both sides of the ball."

Last season as a junior, Gilliam caught 25 passes for 578 yards and 9 scores. He rushed the ball 31 times for 511 yards and 4 touchdowns. Defensively, he recorded 42 tackles and 4 interceptions. According to Gilliam, he ahs scholarship offers from Florida State, Florida, Miami, Georgia, Georgia Tech, Arkansas, and East Carolina.

"Offensively, the thing I try and do is run good routes. I want to make them all look the same and show no tendencies. I spend time working out with Peter Warrick, Ron Dugins, Anquan Boldin, Javon Walker, Cro Thorpe and all the guys that have come through FSU. I just watch them and learn. You would be surprised how much you can learn.

"On defense, I think I have the right mentality to play cornerback. I am a pure cornerback not afraid to hit."

As noted earlier, Gilliam's older brother Mike, plays running back at Georgia. Will this help the Dawgs land him?

"If Georgia is the best situation for me then I will sign with them. I am not him and I want to do my own thing and make my own name. I want to find a school where I can trust the coaches because I am going to give them four to fives years of my life. Secondly, I want to get a degree that means something. I also want to play in a great system.

"Right now, FSU, Florida and Georgia are my leaders. I also like Miami, Georgia Tech, ECU and Arkansas."

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