The Michigan Wolverines hit the Golden State hard during the evaluation period identifying a plethora of new targets that have in turn started looking east to the Great Lake State One such prospect is Westlake Village (Calif.) Oaks Christian cornerback Anthony Gildon. The 6-1, 180 corner teamed with fellow Michigan target Marshall Jones and Marc Tyler last year to help their squad go undefeated (13-0) for the second straight year and win their third straight CIF title.
Gildon has seen a steady rise in the level of interest in him in recent weeks, and 11 programs have already tendered offers. Out of those, Oregon, Nebraska, Michigan, Mississippi State and Tennessee appear to be garnering the most favor at this point. Despite the distance away from home, Gildon indicated that the Wolverines will be a serious player for his services.
"I definitely have serious interest in Michigan," he said. "Distance won't be a factor for me at all. I've been (to the state) before. I have family that lives in Detroit actually. I'm from California but my mom was actually born in Detroit."
The man spearheading Gildon's recruitment for the Maize and Blue has been defensive coordinator Ron English. In a very short time Michigan's fourth year assistant has managed to make a real impression.
"I like him," Gilson said of English. "He's a nice guy and he seems down to earth. I haven't spoken with him in a little while because he's been on the road. I'm sure I'll speak with him soon though."
Getting Gildon on campus in the near future will likely be a priority for the programs that have yet to receive a visit. That's because one of the schools on his list has emerged as the clear favorite. In addition, his timeframe for making a decision isn't too far off.
"At this point Oregon sticks out more than all of the other schools," admitted Gildon. "The coaches seem approachable. They seem like real family oriented guys. I'm not ready to make my decision right now, but I do want to decide before my season so I want to take unofficial visits during the summer. Right now I don't plan on (camping), but things might change in the next couple of weeks. We're going to try to get out to Michigan as soon as possible. I also want to take a trip out to Nebraska and Mississippi State if possible. I've pretty much visited all of the other schools."
When Gildon does sit down to make his choice, his criteria for picking a program will be very simple. "The most important factor will be how comfortable I feel at the school," he said. "I'll look at the atmosphere and if I can see myself being there for the next four year."
Another factor that could help one of Gildon's prospective schools is landing one or both of his Westlake teammates Jones and Tyler.
"We've talked about (going to school together) and it would be great if we could," said Gildon. "We would like to go to colleges together if possible."