Gilmartin: "I Had A Blast"

2016 linebacker Ryan Gilmartin talks about his recent visit for NC State's Wolfpack Warrior Camp.

High school football recruits sometimes become celebrities in this sports-obsessed and media-saturated culture but rising junior linebacker Ryan Gilmartin got a true celebrity experience at NC State’s recent Wolfpack Warrior camp.
 
“Celebrity” was the word that Gilmartin himself used to describe the feeling created by the coaches.
 
“I had a blast. It was a great experience. I went up with my friend Philip Walton who’s committed from the 2015 class. They treated us like we were celebrities. We got to tour the facility and see what it’s like to experience a gameday situation.

"We ran on the field, ran through some drills, and had our faces put up on the big screen in the stadium. It was a lot of fun. Our names were on the lockers. It was a lot of fun for me.”

 
All of that and the Charlotte Christian linebacker (6-0, 220) does not even have an offer yet but an offer could be coming.
 
Gilmartin talked at great length with multiple coaches at the camp. Since it wasn’t a typical camp environment there was more time for the players to talk to the coaches and more opportunities to get to know one another.
 
“I got a good sweat in early on when we got there. I don’t think the intent was a camp. I talked to Coach Huxtable for a long time. He loved my speed. He loved how I break on the ball. He loved my strength and my size. He loves how I’m able to cover tight ends and backs.
 
“Coach Faulkner is my regional recruiter. He was at the University of Wisconsin and he said I remind him of a linebacker that played there, Chris Borland. He said we have similar styles of play. I guess he said that because he recruited him. It was a high honor to be compared to him.”
 
Borland now plays for the San Francisco 49ers after being drafted in the third round Round of the NFL Draft. Last year as a senior in Madison Borland was a First Team All-American and was the Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year. High honor indeed.
 
Doeren repeated the comparison so Gilmartin started to think there was something to it.

“I spoke with Coach Doeren a number of times and he also made the Borland comparisons. He was at Wisconsin with Coach Faulkner and he said he appreciated me coming to Raleigh to experience their get together.”
 
Gilmartin has offers from Hawaii, Wake Forest and Holy Cross. He has been to the latter two but never Hawaii. He did joke that an official visit to Hawaii would be on his bucket list. In seriousness he said he did want to visit. Hawaii only offered on Monday so it’s a new option for him.
 
Wake Forest was a good visit for Gilmartin because he said getting a good education is more important than playing college football. Holy Cross was far away from home but they are one of the few schools that would allow him to play football and lacrosse.
 
“The situation would really have to be perfect for me to be able to play both because I feel like if I did that then I really wouldn’t have a life.”

Gilmartin finished his sophomore season with 108 tackles, ten sacks, four fumble recoveries, and a touchdown.


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