Perhaps the deepest position at this past Saturday’s invitation-only Shrine Bowl combine was the wide receiver spot. Out of that group, one of the top performers was Artis Gilmore from TC Roberson High School in Asheville, NC. A virtual unknown on the recruiting trail prior to the event, Gilmore’s effort should help him attract the interest from several colleges over the coming months.
Measured at 6-1 and 168 pounds at the combine held at Alexander Central High School earlier this year, Gilmore proved to be one of the most well-rounded wideouts this past Saturday. He showed good quickness but what really set him apart was his catching ability. Gilmore caught everything thrown his way and was able to create space with his route-running and speed.
During his workout at Alexander Central, Gilmore logged a 4.53-second 40-yard dash, 4.26-second pro shuttle, 31.6-inch vertical jump and 13 reps of 185 pounds on the bench press.
Those numbers come on the heels of a solid junior season for Gilmore. The rising senior logged 22 catches for 458 yards and eight touchdowns en route to all conference and all county honors.
While his recruiting has been fairly quiet up until now, Gilmore has landed early interest from a few schools.
“I’ve been getting looked at mainly by South Carolina, Western Carolina and UNC,” said Gilmore. “I would say those are the main schools right now.”
With his recruiting in the very early stages, Gilmore has several schools that he’s keeping a close eye on.
“I have a lot of interest in South Carolina,” he said. “That’s one. I like Carolina and I’ve been getting some stuff from Marshall and East Carolina. I’ve been getting some stuff from NC State and they sent some information on their camp a few days ago so I’m going to try to go up there for that one.”
If Gilmore is able to follow up on his Shrine Bowl performance with some impressive workouts over the summer, look for his stock to take off over the coming months.