Gilliam believes 'dream offer' is close

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All Nathan Gilliam wants is a chance.

The Scout three-star offensive tackle prospect from Farragut (Tenn.) High School holds offers from Mississippi State, Wake Forest, Kentucky and South Carolina, but he makes it no secret that he longs for Tennessee — his hometown school — to pull the trigger.

And he may be getting closer and closer to landing his coveted scholarship. Gilliam says communication with Tennessee picks up nearly every week and adds that the feedback is very positive.

"They say they like me," Gilliam said. "I think it'll come."

Gilliam points to his brother, Jacob — who is in the mix to be Tennessee's starting left tackle next fall — as evidence why the Vols should extend him a scholarship.

"I'm really proud of him. He's worked really hard," Gilliam said of his brother. "It makes me think, you know, if Tennessee just gives me a shot than I can work. I know I'd bust my butt to contribute."

Gilliam admittedly grew up a die-hard Vols fan, but said should Tennessee offer he wouldn't simply commit on the spot.

"I mean, I still have to make the choice for me. I have to do what's best and make the right decision," Gilliam said. "But, you know, if they did offer I would really sit down and do some serious thinking."

Based on his frequent conversations with Tennessee offensive tackle coach Don Mahoney, Gilliam he would succeed at Tennessee and the SEC level.p> "Coach (Mahoney) is always telling me how much he likes my game," Gilliam told InsideTennessee. "I really like coach Mo. He's a really intense guy. But I mean that in a good way. My brother really likes him, too."

The 6-foot-5, 275 pounder certainly could be a fit for Tennessee's up temp scheme. He's long, athletic and has good reach.

Gilliam calls himself "perfect" for the Vols' system and only believes he'll grow into a better fit as Farragut will transition into a no-huddle offense next fall.

"I want to play fast and in a system like that. That's my goal," Gilliam said. "You know, I'm not too big but I can move. I play basketball, too, so I think I'm athletic enough for it."

Gilliam last visited Rocky Top for the Vols' Orange & White spring game, calling the atmosphere "insane" and a testament to the work of Tennessee's new coaching staff.

"Yeah, that was nuts. Before, it was like maybe 40,000 would come out and that would be a really solid crowd, but 70,000, man, that was insane," Gilliam told IT. "This new staff has really turned this program around. And they're not going to stop. They want more next year. They've done a great job of getting this fan base going again. It's really good to see."

Gilliam also recently visited Kentucky. He said he's been receiving interest from Duke, Clemson, Georgia Tech and Ole Miss.


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