Malik Gilmore's Wide Open

The 6-3, 200-pound wide receiver from Lakewood, Calif., Malik Gilmore has scholarship offers pouring in from all over the country, so he plans on visiting many programs and keeping an open mind...

Malik Gilmore, the 6-foot-3, 200-pound three-star wide receiver from Lakewood, Calif., got his first scholarship offer in February from Michigan and since then he has added Notre Dame, Duke, Washington, San Diego State, Arizona State and Utah to that list, with surely more on the way.

Gilmore denies any favorites yet and also likes California, Arkansas, LSU, UCLA and Oregon State, in addition to the schools that have already offered him.

He has already attended Cal's Junior Day. "It was amazing," Gilmore said. "It's a beautiful campus and coach Jeff Tedford is a very down-to-earth guy. It's just a great place."

But will the Bears offer? "They said they need receivers and are very high on me," he said. "We'll see…I'm pretty sure they will offer."

Another Pac-12 school that Gilmore says seems very interested is UCLA. "Their new offensive coordinator (Mike Johnson) is very high on me," he said. "I'll be visiting them this spring for sure."

He says he'll also be visiting Arizona State in April and will be participating in a Nike camp at USC next month as well.

"I'm not putting a time limit (on recruiting)," he said. "I'm just gonna go and look at all these schools…I'm open to everyone and to going anywhere."

That's good news for schools like Notre Dame and Michigan, which are quite a distance away.

"Notre Dame is great," he said about the Irish. "What's not to like? They have the tradition, the academics and I really like the spread they're running under coach Brian Kelly.

"They really prepare you for the NFL and life after football too," he said.

Gilmore says tradition is something he likes about Michigan as well. "They are always a great program," he said. "They have a lot of history and coach Brady Hoke is coming in and looking to rebuild the program and bring them back on top."

Another reason why Gilmore is having trouble narrowing down his list may be because never followed a specific school growing up. "I actually didn't start watching football until I got older," he admitted.

Although Gilmore isn't close to deciding, he does know what he's looking for in a program. "I want to play in an offense that passes the ball and where I'll get to play," he said. "I'd like to be in a good atmosphere and where the program is competing for championships."

Gilmore finished his junior season with 26 receptions for over 400 yards and six touchdowns.

"I'm very physical and have great hands and run great routes," he said. "I can get good separation and I'm a competitor. I always try to dominate my opponent."

He says he can bench 275-pounds and squat 385.

"I want to get faster," he said. "I'd like to become more explosive and break away better."

Gilmore hopes to major in sports medicine and reports a 3.3 core GPA. He took the SAT in March and is still waiting for his results.

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