Pursuing A Dream

Gustave Guilloux out of Ouachita Christian is attracting colleges after an all-state performance in 2012.

For many kids in America who play football growing up, dreams of playing in college and even in the NFL run rampant.

Sometimes those dreams aren't just for American kids.

Meet Gustave Guilloux, a native of Paris, France who also has dreams of playing big time college football and maybe just one day, the NFL. Guilloux is well on his way after just one year in the United States.

Guilloux arrived to the states last August to Monroe, Louisiana, where he played for the Ouachita Christian Eagles in 2012, helping them to a class A state championship. At 6-foot-6, 310-pounds, Guilloux didn't have too hard of a time getting accustomed to American football as an offensive lineman. In fact, he racked up first-team all-state honors.

The big lineman credits his quick adjustment dating back to last summer when he played for Team France in the USA vs. The World Championships in Austin Texas.

"That was a really good experience playing for the national team," Guilloux said.

The dream of playing college football is still ignited for Guilloux. Since he was an exchange student, he started the recruiting process later than others and still has to receive proper clearance from the NCAA. For now, he's getting interest from a few schools that see what type of player he could evolve to.

Playing college football and possibly in the NFL is a dream he won't let die anytime soon, after all, he left a lot behind in his pursuit.

"It was a tough decision for me to leave my home, friends and family but to play college football is my dream," he said. "Hopefully playing football maybe later I can play in the NFL, I think I maybe have a shot if I go to a good program. That was really my dream to come to the USA to play in college."

Guilloux played for Team France last summer
Among the schools that have showed interest in Guilloux is TCU, among others.

"In the last three weeks, it's only been about three weeks they've showed interest in me," he said of TCU. "I have interest and some scholarship offers from some schools; Louisiana College and some other schools."

Guilloux made the trip to Ft. Worth this past weekend to watch the Frogs practice and to take a tour of the campus. He received plenty of attention from the coaches which made the visit that more special.

"It was awesome," Guilloux said. "When I first went there the scrimmage was really awesome and the team was real competitive and aggressive. It was really good to see the team play. After, we went around and saw the facilities; you can see they put a lot of money into the program. The coaches were really cool and gave me a lot of motivation."

An offer wasn't extended to Guilloux on his visit, but it's a school that he could definitely see himself at.

"They discussed it a little bit, I would really like a scholarship offer from TCU," he said. "I think I could be a good fit at their school."

Guilloux doesn't have plans to visit any schools at the moment, but noted "that could change by next week."

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