2016 linebacker Ryan Gilmartin talks about his recent visit for NC State's Wolfpack Warrior Camp.
High school football recruits sometimes become celebrities in
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
feeling created by the coaches.
“I had a blast. It was a great experience. I went up with my
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
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)
not even have an offer yet but an offer could be coming.
Gilmartin talked at great length with multiple coaches at the
Since it wasn’t a typical camp environment there was more time for
to talk to the coaches and more opportunities to get to know one
“I got a good sweat in early on when we got there. I don’t think
intent was a camp. I talked to Coach Huxtable for a long time. He
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
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
he recruited him. It was a high honor to be compared to him.”
Borland now plays for the San Francisco 49ers after being
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
was something to it.
“I spoke with Coach Doeren a number of times and he also made the
comparisons. He was at Wisconsin with Coach Faulkner and he said
me coming to Raleigh to experience their get together.”
Gilmartin has offers from Hawaii, Wake Forest and Holy Cross. He
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
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
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
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.