Philadelphia Simon Gratz cornerback Amir Gillis jumped onto the Rutgers radar during the spring evaluation. Told an offer could come if he camped in front of the coaching staff, Gillis arrived on campus at the earliest opportunity.
One of the top defensive backs at Saturday's Rutgers one-day camp, Gillis awaits word from the coaching staff.
“I did well in my drills,” said Gillis, who holds offers from Temple, Buffalo, Massachusetts, Albany and Howard. “My 40 (yard dash) could have been better but I definitely made up for it in the drills and 1-on-1s. I got beat a couple of times but I wont a lot of my reps.”
Gillis worked with cornerbacks coach Henry Baker and head coach Chris Ash during portions of camp. Wide receiver coach Jafar Williams, a former Philadelphia high-school star, is Gillis' primary recruiter.
“Coach Jafar talked to me on and off all day,” Gillis said. “He's been telling me since the beginning that I had to earn an offer in camp. If I did well in the camp, I would get an offer. They're going to watch my film again as a whole staff. … They liked my footwork when I was doing the press. They worked with me a lot on that because they press their corners on almost every play.”
Football is not the only focus for Rutgers during its camp circuit. Gillis received in-depth information about academic and employment opportunities for Scarlet Knights.
“I like Rutgers as a school,” he said. “They've showed me a lot of interest. It's in New Jersey, so it's a little close to home but not too close. It's far enough, and it's a good program. It's in the Big Ten. That's cool. It's a Division I school.”
Gillis picked up his first camp offer at Temple, and hopes Rutgers is next in line after evaluation.
“I'm just coming out (to camps) to show that I'm a competitor,” Gillis said. “I'm coachable and I love to compete. I want coaches to see that.”