Ht: 6'1 – Wt: 200 lbs
40 Time: 4.5
Projected Positions: Running Back, Safety, Outside Linebacker, Wide Receiver
Strengths: Gilmer has the physical make-up to continue to excel on the football field. He shows quick feet and above average strength, very athletic with a body that can still pack on weight without giving up speed. Quick feet and above average lateral movement allow for him to cut and make people miss while not losing a step.
Weakness: The fact Gilmer also plays basketball has set him back on the football field. While playing hoops hasn't hurt his athletic ability it kept him from attending camps and working on his game to its fullest. This past season should have seen him take control of the Warriors offense but missed time didn't allow him to take full advantage of the opportunity. A strong showing this spring and summer is a must if he's going to get a college football offer.
One prospect college coaches will be keeping an eye on during the next few months is Huber Heights Wayne athlete Troy Gilmer. The talented 6-foot-1 – 200-pound athlete is a player who has seen his talents used at several positions during the past two seasons and his senior year will follow the same path.
As a sophomore Gilmer learned to take snaps as they were given out from the running back position. While his carries were low he showed enough promise for Warriors head coach Jay Minton to find a place for him on the field. This brought a change to quarterback as a junior and Gilmer took the majority of snaps in the Warriors season opener against Cincinnati St. Xavier. But life as a quarterback didn't last long for Gilmer as the Warriors staff looked for ways to place the ball in his hands to allow his athletic ability to shine through.
Lining up at running back as well as receiver placed Gilmer on the field and he saw increased chances to make something happen while backing up talented running back Joe Gilford. On the season Gilmer would carry the ball 66 times for 390 yards and 7 touchdowns and show he also enjoyed decent hands by pulling in a total of 15 passes for 241 yards and a pair of scores. Toss in another 6 completions from the quarterback spot for 58 yards and a touchdown and you can see why Gilmer has all the tools to become a slash type player in the right type of offense.
But while Gilmer has enjoyed success on the gridiron he's also found the hardwood to his liking and has tried to share time between the two sports. This spring will be very important for Gilmer as combines and camps will make the final impression on college coaches to offer. One area college coaches will have to see is just how he fits into their team's plans. With enough talent to play running back he may also have enough tools to take the defensive side of the ball as a safety or outside linebacker.
Here are some video clips from Troy Gilmer's junior season.
Junior Highlights 1
Junior Highlights 2