"My tempo and my attitude toward the game have changed a lot," noted Gilley, as he compared his junior season to that of his sophomore. "This year, I really stepped up as a leader. We didn't have many seniors on the squad, so it was important that someone be the energy for the team."
Gilley will continue to be that as he prepares for his final season at Liberty (MO) High.
And while this quality has schools like Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Arkansas, Missouri, Kansas, Georgia Tech, Indiana and Hawaii all liking-- it is Nebraska, Iowa, and Kansas State close to offering it.
"I'm hearing from them the most," said Gilley, who made game visits to Lincoln, Neb. and Manhattan, Kansas in the fall.
Nebraska: "I went for the Fresno State game (Sept.10). I was only there for a day, but the entire time I was there all I saw was red," he smiled. "So I definitely like the fans. Not to mention the stadium shook every time something big happened. It was awesome."
Kansas State: "That was a very cold, rainy day. (Wildcats hosted Iowa State Dec. 3) I still definitely liked the campus and facilities, though, from what I saw."
Gilley was not able to trip to Iowa City, but plans on attending a Hawkeyes junior day this spring.
The 6-foot-4, 230-pound animal said he was excited to be competing with and against some of the best in the country at the Army Combine, while adding, "I'm here to prove that I can stand out among the best."