Jaelen Gill’s junior year was abruptly cut short when he suffered a season-ending ankle injury during the second game on the 2016 schedule. From there, he has been persistently working to return said ankle to full strength.
And at The Nike Cleveland Regional Opening on Sunday, the Ohio State commit said it’s almost back to that point.
“Rehab is definitely a little struggle,” Gill told Scout. “I got through it, just had to work hard. I’m in baseball right now, so I feel really good. I’m running around and cutting corners fine. I’d say I’m probably in the 90s percentage-wise and I feel great.”
Shortly after the Cleveland camp concluded, Gill could tell he has been out of football for a period of time but was still pleased with his showing.
“I was definitely a little rusty,” said Gill, who received an invite to The Opening Finals that will be held in late June or early July. “Being in baseball helps. I go on the field whenever I am free. I don’t have a lot of free time because of baseball. But I definitely felt good, better than I thought I was going to be. There’s really no pain in the ankle. I am just getting stronger and stronger.”
So, is there any chance the four-star athlete drops baseball to focus solely on football?
“Not at all,” Gill answered. “The doctor was asking me which sport is more important and I said, ‘Look, if I feel good I’m playing. I’m sorry, but I’m playing baseball if I feel good.’”
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