JUCO QB picks up SMU offer

Billy talked with Pearl River CC quarterback D.J. Gillins, who grabbed an SMU offer last week.

Pearl River CC (Miss.) quarterback D.J. Gillins has been a busy man since transferring from Wisconsin. The former three-star quarterback has been adjusting to his new school and now picked up an offer from SMU. The decision to transfer from Wisconsin was about fit for Gillins.

"The coaching change. I didn't fit good and I wasn't recruited by the coach so I had to be perfect to start," Gillins said.

SMU offensive coordinator Joe Craddock had Gillins call him out of the blue and had good news for the former Wisconsin quarterback.

"We were just talking and he offered me on the spot. He was a pretty cool dude. He was telling me about his past and all that. He was saying the past two years they recruited 47 guys and all of them are from Texas so for me to be offered as an out of state quarterback is a big deal," said Gillins.

Chad Morris' offense has already made an impression on Gillins, who followed the staff at Clemson and was impressed.

"I've known about coach Morris when I was in high school. He was at Clemson when I was in high school so I know a good bit," said Gillins. "He does a lot of spread stuff where I could run or pass so I could do that. It'd be a great fit for me."

Matt Davis and Deshaun Watson have impressed Gillins under Morris' direction and he feels like he could make similar plays.

"I watched him and the quarterback at SMU too. It's a lot of fun. No-huddle, fast-paced, and throwing the ball down the field. It'd remind me a lot of high school," Gillins said.

SMU is trying to get Gillins to visit this spring to check out practice and while Gillins doesn't know much about SMU, but is looking forward to finding out more about it other than what he's heard from friends.

"I know from what I've googled and I've got some friends in Dallas and they've been telling me how it is as far as an environment. They say the gameday environment is pretty live and it'd be a good place to go."

Southern Miss, Memphis, Mississippi and Mississippi State have all shown interest, but SMU is the only school so far to offer during his second round of recruiting. Gillins said SMU being the school to offer first is very important to Gillins.

Gillins could have transferred to a Division I school this year, but will now transfer from Pearl River after this coming season with two years of eligibility remaining and he could play right away. Gillins doesn't have a timetable on a decision. He says he's learned some things from the last time he was recruited.

"I got to get on the field. When I was being recruited, that was a big thing for me and with the last staff, that was a big chance. Now, I gotta be the man and I gotta get on the field. I'm going to work to be the best."

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