Conor Gillen is not your typical downhill inside linebacker. Being blessed with speed to go along with his size, he makes tackles from sideline to sideline. He was one of the most impressive linebackers at the Iowa City Nike Combine this past summer. I caught up with coach Karpowicz, Head Coach of Glen Bard West High School Hilltoppers.
TRM: What are Conor's height, weight, and 40 times?
Coach K: He's 6'2", during football season, he was between 225-230lbs and he ran a 4.6 forty at the Nike Combines in Iowa City, IA.
TRM: What position is he being recruited for in college?
Coach K: Inside linebacker
TRM: What would you say is his best asset on the football field is?
Coach K: Definitely his speed. He runs so well for his size. His intelligence in the classroom, translates on the field as he plays with such a high football IQ. He also made the all conference and all area teams, so that's a testament to his hard work.
TRM: Which schools are actively recruiting Conor at this time?
Coach K: UNM, Minnesota just stopped by yesterday, Northern Illinois, all the IVY League schools, and some of the other MAC schools. Conor doesn't have any official visits set up yet, but he been to a few of the schools unofficially.
Thanks Coach for your time, but don't just take his word for it, he an excerpt from the Chicago Daily Herald on Conor being named all Dupage County.
Conor Gillen Glen bard WestA three-year starting linebacker and also starting fullback, Gillen was named Hilltoppers' offensive MVP. He earned all-West Suburban Silver honors for a second straight season. Sideline-to-sideline ability. A team co-captain who was on every special team, Gillen has an offer from New Mexico and interest from Northern Illinois, Northwestern, Minnesota and Indiana. Coach John Karpowicz said, "Since I've been here he's probably the most coachable kid I've had."