With Mike Gillislee from Deland high school it's all about speed. The 6-foot, 190 pound back runs in the 4.4 range and has been a main part of his teams offense since his sophomore year when he nearly rushed for 1000 yards. As a junior Mike ran for 1,200 yards and going into his senior year he says the possibilities are endless.
"I've always been a speed guy, but this off season I really hit the weights and I feel like I'm going to be a much better all-around runner. I expect to break a lot more tackles and have more production than I have in the past."
Already Gillislee has over two dozen offers including Clemson, Auburn, Miss St, Ole Miss, Indiana, Memphis and most recently South Florida.
"Coach (Troy) Douglas came by my school on Tuesday and my coach told me the next day that they offered."
Staying in-state isn't a major factor for Gillislee, however he does like the idea of playing close to home.
"I watched USF last year, I don't know a whole lot about them yet. I actually just found out they play in the same stadium as the Bucs. That's pretty cool, I like that."
With his new-found size, coupled with his 4.4 speed, Gillislee says he would compare his running style to that of Minnesota Viking Adrian Peterson.
"I watch him all the time." Adding, "He's fast and he can also put his shoulder down and run people over. I'm looking to add that to my game this year."
While he's not ready to name a favorite Mike says there are a few teams he plans to visit this summer.
"I might go over to UF this summer, I'm also going to the Clemson camp and the USF camp."
On May 1st Mike Gillislee will hit the field with his high school team to start spring practice, but he says he's been getting prepared for his senior year for a few months.
"I've been hitting the weights hard and I got a speed trainer that I work with."
Mike Gillislee plans on making his final choice at the end of his senior year, until then stick with USFNation for the latest on him and the rest of the '09 recruits on USF's board.
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