USF recently offered Jamie Gilmore, a 5-8, 175-pound running back from North Marion HS in Citra, FL. As a junior, Gilmore totaled over 2,000 all-purpose yards and scored 22 touchdowns, and has been working on getting bigger, stronger and faster for 2011.
"At the beginning of the season I was around 160, but gained a lot of weight since last year. It gives me more power to my game to go with my speed and quickness," said Gilmore. "I've got track and field right now, and I'm just working out, staying in shape and getting ready for the season."
Gilmore was named 3rd team all-state as a sophomore with after totaling over 2,300 all purpose yards and 21 TDs, and followed it up with a solid junior year, scoring 22 touchdowns and amassing over 2,000 all-purpose yards and 29 scores.
"I finished with 1,300 rushing with 21 TDs and about 600 yards receiving with 2 scores," said Gilmore. "I don't know how many yards I had, but I had 6 punt returns for touchdowns on the season."
Schools have taking notice of the stand-out running back/return specialist and the offers are coming in.
"I just picked up an offer from South Florida and I'm up to 11 or 12 offers right now," said Gilmore. "My main offers right now are Rutgers, South Florida, Duke, North Carolina, Memphis, Troy, and Marshall."
Gilmore received the USF offer from Bulls receiver Coach Phil McGeoghan who is the primary recruiter for his school, and has been recruiting Jamie as well as his teammates 6-4 210 lb TE Sean Price and 6-1 185 lb WR/DB Latroy Pittman.
"He's a real down to earth and cool dude, and we always had a good connection, so we stay in touch and talk often. "He's always saying to me, Latroy, and Sean that he really likes us and would love to have us at USF, and we are a good fit for the program."
Gilmore said he is familiar with the USF football program and has kept up with what they're doing on the offensive side of the ball.
"Yeah I kept up with them this past year, and went to see them play against Florida," said Gilmore. "I like the way they do things, and I know about some of their players. I know of B.J. Daniels, but everybody knows B.J. Daniels, and I like that small receiver they have No. 5 Lindsay Lamar, and that shows you don't have to be the biggest guy out there as long as you have the ability and heart to be on the field."
"I like that triple threat offense they run with B.J.," said Gilmore. "They do a lot of that zone-read type stuff, and I like that's what we're going to do this year with my team, and I like that."
The Bulls also have offered his two stud teammates 6-4 210 lb TE Sean Price and 6-1 185 lb WR/DB Latroy Pittman, and the trio has talked about playing together at the next level.
"Yeah, that's what we always talk about," said Gilmore. "Latroy is committed to Florid right now, but we still sit down and talk about it. We look at all of our positions, and what would be best for us, then at the end we'll see which one could we be at that fits all of us. We have to choose what's best for us, but you never know what could happen."
With it being early and offers still coming in Gilmore doesn't have a leader, or ready to name favorites.
"Everybody always asked me that," said Gilmore. "I tell them all that I'm going to wait until the end of the summer, then sit down and pick out my top schools."
The North Marion standout does know what he's looking for in a program when he makes his choice.
"First of all it's about academics, I want to make sure that I'm getting a good education first, and then playing time," said Gilmore. "Then it's about the relationship I have with the coaching staff. I have to have that strong base and have somebody to depend on."
"Being close to home would be nice because it would be close to my family and they would be able to come to my games and stuff like that," said Gilmore. "That could be big, but I have to see what's out there first."
With several schools hosting junior day this weekend, Gilmore said he won't be able to make it to USF due to the ACT on Saturday, but will still visit the school next month.
"After my ACT I may ride up to Florida, they're having a junior day and a game. I may make the very end and then watch the basketball game," said Gilmore. "I can't go to USF this weekend for junior day because of the ACT, but I'm actually going over there in March for spring practice, and I'll get a chance to meet everybody, see the school, tour the facilities and stuff like that."Watch Video Highlights
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