Junior Day Visitor Has IU On Top Of List

Bloomington - The IU football program had 17 juniors on campus last weekend for Junior Day. One of those visitors was Southport linebacker Joe Gilliam, who already has been offered by the Hoosier staff...

Bloomington – The IU coaching staff has already seen everything it needed to see from Southport (Ind.) H.S. linebacker Joe Gilliam.

While the Hoosiers are still wrapping up their efforts on their 2009 class, they had 17 of their top targets for 2010 on campus last weekend for junior day. Among those in attendance was Gilliam, a 6-2, 210-pound outside linebacker who has already been offered by the IU staff.

That offer came over the Christmas holidays, and was the first for the standout who totaled 86 tackles a year ago for Southport, helping them to a 9-2 record and the Conference Indiana title.

"The offer really kind of took me by surprise," said Gilliam, who is also getting interest from Northwestern, Michigan State and Louisville. "It felt great."

An honorable mention All-State choice as a junior, Gilliam is a gifted athlete who plays outside linebacker on his prep team. He said Indiana's coaches like how good he is in space and that they are recruiting him to play either outside linebacker or safety.

While it's still very early in the process, Gilliam said he currently favors Indiana and Northwestern and that he'd like to make his decision sometime in the summer. When he does make that choice, a couple of things figure to be most important for the standout defensive player.

"I want to find somewhere that I can get a good education and somewhere I can get on the field early," said Gilliam. "One of the things I like about Indiana is the location because it's so close, and they also have a really good business school which is probably won't I'm going to go into."

Gilliam wants to take a closer look at everything Indiana has to offer in the coming months, but he did get a glimpse of Coach Bill Lynch's program over the weekend. He said he came away impressed with his experience during his time in town.

"The visit went good," Gilliam said. "I saw the facilities they are building, and they are going to be really nice. I took a look at the field and the locker rooms and everything was impressive."

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