2010 Prospect James Gillum

TSD.com continues its look at local talent with a name high school football fans might remember from this past season. James Gillum racked up 2,213 yards and 24 touchdowns on 229 carries last fall – roughly 10 yards per carry, including a 361-yard night against Riverdale in October.

Gillum (5-10, 170, 4.71) will start the 2008 season as one of the 2010 classes' big names, but despite this the Pearl River native is not complacent.

"It's all about the offseason," he said. "You‘ve got to start in the weight room and work on getting stronger and faster."

What is Gillum's agenda for the summer months? "Work, work, work my butt off man," he said. "I want to pick up some weight. Monday through Thursday I'm just working and trying to get better."

Gillum will not be attending LSU's July camp this summer, however he has been busy with Scout.com combines.

"I heard from LSU earlier this summer but I'm not going to be there," he said. "I went to Northwestern's Wing T camp and I've been to a few Scout Combines. They just tested 40 times and shuttle times and drill stuff like that."

As he enters his upper classman seasons, Gillum will be hoping to catch the attention of the purple and gold.

"They're the big school," he said. "It's so close it's practically my hometown, and I've been wanting to go there since I was small. Staying in Louisiana is something that would mean a lot to me."

Gillum enters his junior year at Pearl River with hopes that his team can take the next step with him.

"We aren't losing very many guys," he said. "So we're all working and hoping for improvement and maybe making the playoffs."

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