2014 Target: Lamont Gaillard

FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. --- In a matter of weeks, Lamont Gaillard has seen his recruiting stock skyrocket.

"I think the most impressive thing about him is how he runs – particularly laterally," Pine Forest head coach Bill Sochocvka said of his 6-3, 315-pound star on the defensive line. "He even chases some plays downfield. Right now, he could play both nose guard and three-technique, but he's more dominant at the nose guard. We force teams to double-team him and a lot of times he's smart enough to fight through it and make plays.

Prep Career

Gailard has been starting at nose guard in Pine Forest's 4-3 defense since his freshman year. He became a two-way starter as a sophomore, adding offensive tackle to his duties.

According to Sochocvka, Gailard flashed his potential on defense as a sophomore. However, it wasn't until his junior season that he consistently became a dominant force. He ended his junior campaign with 108 tackles (76 solo), including seven for a loss and four sacks.

"If you look on his highlight tape, there's a play where they double-teamed [Gaillard]," Sochocvka explained. "The quarterback started to scramble to Lamont's left and he just fought the double-team off and wound up getting a tackle for a loss."


A couple of weeks ago, Gaillard was an unknown to college recruiters.

"I think a lot of it had to do with the fact that the last two years we were 1-10 and we didn't play very good defense," Sochocvka said. "This year we made a commitment on the defensive side of the ball – but if you actually go back and look at his play on the defensive side of the ball, it was pretty decent. But he just had such a great year this year – and so did the team – and he just kind of stood out."

Within the last week and a half – since Gaillard's junior film started to make its rounds to colleges – Sochocvka has received inquiries from Boston College, Florida State, Kentucky, North Carolina, NC State, and Ohio State.

"It's been surprising," Gaillard said. "I never really thought it would come this fast."

Specifically with UNC, Sochocvka has spoken to Vic Koenning, who recruits the Fayetteville area for the Tar Heels.

"I've had several phone conversations with Coach Koenning," Sochocvka said. "He said they like him a lot. The biggest thing with Lamont is his core grades have got to come up. If he can get that up to where [UNC] is comfortable, I think they would offer."

Sochocvka says NC State is in the same boat.

Gaillard was invited to and attended NC State's Junior Day last Saturday. He'll attend UNC's Junior Day this Saturday where he'll personally speak to members of the Tar Heels' coaching staff for the first time (all previous correspondence has been through Sochocvka).

As to be expected considering how sudden the recruiting process as hit him, Gaillard doesn't claim any favorite schools.

Extra Notes

To stay in shape for football, Gaillard is a member of Pine Forest's track-and-field team. He participates in the 100-meter dash and throws the shot put and discus… Gaillard said he grew up a Duke fan.

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