Durant High School (Plant City, FL) standout lineman Cole Gilliam (6-5, 310) had an exceptional high school career for the Cougars. A rare 4-year varsity starter (started in 45 games), as a junior he was named an All State Class 6A Honorable Mention selection and an All-County and All-League selection, plus was named his team's most valuable lineman. As a senior he earned All-League and All-County honors, and All-State picks will be announced later this month.
Natural strength is not an issue for Gilliam. He reports a 350 pound bench, 500 pound squat, and 300 pound power clean. This power came in handy as he cleared a pathway for the 6-4 Cougar offense operating behind him.
His biggest strength may be his athleticism and agility for his size. ESPN described some of his strengths as follows:
Shows good athleticism when pulling and turning upfield on linebackers; gets out of stance quickly and has good foot agility. A sound pass protector but, as in the run, needs to anchor down more and keep the weight off the toes. Gilliam has the potential to be a very good offensive lineman at the next level. He needs to trim down a little bit and work on his flexibility but has some very good natural tools.Idaho recruiting coordinator Luther Carr is leading the charge as Idaho seeks the talented lineman. In addition to Idaho, Gilliam currently holds an offer from Elon University and is anticipating a couple more offers soon. As with all other schools pursuing him, the Vandals are recruiting Gilliam as a guard, the position he excelled at throughout his high school career.
"I like Elon a lot, but I haven't seen any of Idaho yet," Gilliam told Scout.com this week. "It sounds like a really good place and I like the coaches a lot, but I haven't yet been there and had a first impression."
Idaho has one verbal commitment for the offensive line (Jordan Johnson, 6-5, 315, ranked #92 OT), and a couple more are expected this recruiting cycle.
As expected, numerous schools are interested in Gilliam. In addition to his Idaho and Elon offers (publications have also listed offers from Villanova and Florida International), Gilliam has been invited to be a preferred walkon with Florida, Florida State, Georgia, and NC State. Additional offers could be on the way.
Check back in with Scout.com for an update from Cole after his trip to Idaho.