"He's a very high motor guy," Christian head coach Jason Estep said. "He plays with a lot of passion. [He's] very physical and he knows how to finish plays."
Gilmartin has started at linebacker for Christian the past two seasons – both of which ended with NCSIAA Division I Championships. During that span, he has played every linebacker position within the Knights' defense and eventually settled in at Bandit late last season.
"My freshman year was a little overwhelming," Gilmartin said. "Being thrust into a starting role was tough at first, but after a game or two I got into the speed of the game. Now, sophomore year, it all came a lot easier fitting into the system."
Gilmartin ended his sophomore campaign with 108 tackles, ten sacks, four fumble recoveries, and a touchdown.
With Christian's starting fullback exhausting his eligibility, Estep is considering adding fullback to Gilmartin's duties this coming season.
In early February, Wake Forest became the first FBS school to offer Gilmartin. He's also hearing from Nebraska, North Carolina, NC State, Penn State, and Virginia Tech.
Gilmartin plans to improve his recruiting stock this summer with a lengthy camp schedule. Some of his definite stops include Duke, Michigan, UNC, Penn State, and Syracuse.
The only school Gilmartin has been able to visit thus far is Wake Forest for the Demon Deacons' Junior Day a couple of weekends ago.
Gilmartin says that colleges are looking at him at a wide spectrum of positions – inside linebacker, outside linebacker, rover safety (i.e. Ram), standup defensive end (i.e. Bandit), and fullback.
A handful of schools have begun to stick out to Gilmartin.
"I like Wake Forest a lot, because it's a great education, which is first before anything football wise," Gilmartin said. "It's a good environment, good fan base.
"I like Penn State a lot, too – awesome environment and great fan base too. I like Syracuse, Chapel Hill, and Duke. I like staying home so that my family can come watch me play. I have a lot of family in upstate New York, too, so that would be a reason that Syracuse would stand out."
Gilmartin's family hails from Albany, N.Y… Gilmartin also plays lacrosse for Christian… Besides his current teammates, Gilmartin is closest with Des Lawrence. Before heading to UNC, where he's projected to start at cornerback this season, Lawrence started alongside Gilmartin in 2012.