Gilmore Has High Potential

Glenn Johnson and Courtney Roby are already one of the most talented wide receiving combinations in the Big Ten. Throw Jakeen Gilmore in the mix and the Hoosiers arguably have the most gifted wide receiving core in the conference. Gilmore has been unstoppable in practice, and he sat down with HI to discuss his team and individual aspirations for next season.

Few Indiana football fans recognize the name Jakeen Gilmore, at least not yet. Gilmore has all the physical talents to be a dominant wide receiver in the Big Ten. He runs a 4.36 40 yard dash, set a new record for wide outs with a bench press of 350 pounds and in high school he ran a 10.55 100 meter dash.

Physical talent alone is not enough to be great at the college level. Gilmore is the first one to acknowledge this fact. He is constantly working on his game, participating in sled drills with his high school teammate Lance Bennett in order to perfect his breakaway speed.

What separates Gilmore from most players of his caliber is his desire to accomplish team goals along with individual goals.

"I can't wait to get out there and play with these guys," Gilmore said.

Gilmore believes Indiana is one of the most talented young football teams in the Big Ten. Last season, players were still learning DiNardo's west-coast offensive style. This season, Gilmore believes the players will be more comfortable with the offense and thus will produce at a higher level.

The west-coast offense suits Indiana's offense well, according to Gilmore, because the Hoosiers have so many weapons.

"When Atwaan (Randel El) was here, it was a two-man offense. Now we can get the ball to a lot of different guys who can hurt you."

As a freshman, Gilmore hopes to add some toughness to Indiana's receiving core. He is a complete player who enjoys laying a solid block as much as making a big catch.

Gilmore learned this toughness while running track at Polly Prep High School in Brooklyn, New York. Despite being a sprinter, Gilmore's track coach made him run for five miles during some practices in order to increase his toughness.

"My coach has this thing called the Den," Gilmore stated. "If you wanted to run you had to be in the Den and to be in the Den you had to understand the feeling of pain."

Gilmore applied this toughness to the football field as a freshman in high school. Before high school, Gilmore played tennis and ran track. Poly Prep coach Deeno Mangiero, currently an assistant on Coach DiNardo's staff, saw Gilmore in a track meet and knew he had to have the talented runner.

Gilmore transferred to a Poly Prep team loaded with talent. "We had nine Division I players on that team," Gilmore said. While at Poly Prep, Gilmore made himself known quickly with his speed and strength out on the field.

Several high profile schools recruited Gilmore, but he decided to follow his high school coach to Indiana.

"Some of my high school teammates were worried about coming to Indiana because they weren't a winning program. I said it's not the school that makes a winner but the players."

Gilmore could not play last season because of some academic problems in high school, but he is doing much better here at Indiana. Gilmore plans on being a Communications and Culture major as he wants to write screenplays for movies in the future.

Luckily for Indiana football fans, he still has four years of eligibility playing football before pursuing his other creative interest.

Hoosier Insider sat down with Gilmore for a Q&A in which he discusses the future for himself, his teammates and the Indiana football program. Top Stories