Gillum ready for Junior Day

The list of 2010 prospects heading into Baton Rouge for the Tigers' Junior Day grows more impressive by the week. Pearl River's James Gillum is arguably the state's top junior running back, and the 5-foot-11, 175-pound prospect will be spending the Jan. 31 weekend on LSU's campus.

"Yeah, I am coming down for sure," said running back James Gillum. "I am excited about it. I had a good season, so I am ready to start showing the coaches how I look now. I finished up with about 1,300 yards and 20 touchdowns, which is a credit to my teammates because everyone really came together and played well."


After an impressive campaign, the Pearl River-native is finding that his mailbox is filling up quickly.


"All of the recruiting stuff has been going really smooth," Gillum said. "I am hearing from a lot of schools right now, mainly Alabama, Georgia, Florida, LSU and Oregon. They are all just sending me a lot of letters and stuff like that. I will definitely be looking into them more starting next summer."


Yet, one school that Gillum will see a sneak preview of is the in-state Tigers.


"With Junior Day I just get that chance to be around the campus and coaches, and that's what I am looking for now," he said. "LSU is my home school, and I have always wanted to run the ball in Death Valley."


Needless to say, the Tigers are the frontrunners as he opens the book on his recruitment process.


"I just like everything about the school," added Gillum. "I was one of those kids that grew up dreaming about running the ball for the hometown team, so it would be pretty cool to get over to LSU and get that chance."


Gillum said that offensive coordinator Gary Crowton's implementation of the spread offense is another positive for the Bayou Bengals.


"I really like the spread offense, and we run a little of it at my school now," he said. "I don't really know what type of back I will become at the next level, or even if the coaches will want me as a slot type receiver. That is why I really like the spread, because they get the ball in a lot of people's hands. I feel like I could make a difference, even if it is on one carry a game. I just bring what I can to the team."


As a sophomore, Gillum rushed for 2,213 yards and 24 touchdowns on 229 carries.


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