Size: 5-foot-11, 208 pounds
Hometown: Pearl River, La.
School: Mississippi Gulf Coast JC
Position: Running Back
Committed: October 21, 2011
Junior College Highlights:
During his sophomore campaign, Gillum, who was named team captain, rushed for 1,042 yards and nine touchdowns while leading his team to a 10-2 record. As a freshman he tallied 1,297 yards rushing and 16 scores.
Coach Matt Limegrover's Take:
"James is a guy, that I think it's been well documented as a staff, and particularity Coach Sawvel has been recruiting James for going on three years now basically on and off.
"We loved him when we were at Northern Illinois, felt like he was a guy that could be a program changer. He opted to go to junior college.
"To Coach Sawvel's credit, stayed in touch with him and he had a great year. I think he might have been the Mississippi Junior College conference Player of the Year. Just a guy that will make our offense better.
"Just inserting him, giving him the football, he's just got a knack. Runs hard, he doesn't fumble a lot, gets the tough yards, has the breakaway speed we're looking for.
"We really feel like putting him back in the backfield with a couple of the young guys who gained that year of experience, we feel very good about our running back position with him at it."
Getting to Know:
When did you know you wanted to be a Gopher?
"Have a pretty good relationship with the coaching staff, so I felt pretty good about signing here. The coaches are a good fit for me, they want players who want to come out here and play for them. I knew when I took my official visit."
Do you have a planned major yet?
"Business and Marketing."
What are your goals for next season?
"My goal is to come out here and compete and bring my all. I want to come in and make it all happen from the first season and have a winning season."
Is there a particular athlete you try to model yourself after?
"My favorite running back was Walter Payton. I like Adrian Peterson too."
How do you feel about the new uniforms?
"I like them. They look good. I like all the different colors and I can't wait to wear them. I like the white-on-maroon and the maroon-on-gold."
What is your favorite TV show?
"My favorite TV show is The Game."
Who is your favorite music artist?
"I would have to go with Lil Wayne."
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