Gillum knows what it will take

Pearl River's James Gillum is arguably one of the state's top junior running backs, and the 5-foot-11, 175-pound prospect spent the weekend in Baton Rouge.

Gillum burst onto the scene as a sophomore when he led the state in rushing during the regular season with 2,213 yards while running for 24 touchdowns on 229 carries.


He followed that up with 1,224 yards and 17 touchdowns on 170 carries during the regular season of his junior campaign, and for his efforts he was voted to the LSWA Class 4A All-State team.


Gillum is already receiving attention from several schools around the country and on Saturday he spent his day at LSU's Junior Day.

"I made it into town and had a lot of fun," Gillum said. "It is pretty unreal over there. We toured the campus and looked at all of the football facilities, and you just can't describe how nice all of it is. Like I was telling people all day, I could get used to playing in a place like that."

During a meeting with running backs coach Larry Porter, Gillum said that the Tiger assistant stressed what it will take to make it to LSU and onto the football team.

"He was pretty much telling me what he wanted out of his running backs, and what it would take to get to that level," he said. "He was a real cool guy, and I let him know I would be back for the camps next summer. I have a few other camps and stuff to attend, but LSU is one that I am looking to get back onto campus for."

With the weekend wrapped up, where do the Tigers stand with the Pearl River-product?

"I would put them as the early leader," Gillum said. "If next season rolls around and they are seriously looking at me, then I would love to be a Tiger."

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