4-star 2018 RB Jaelen Gill Still Wide Open

July 13 -- Westerville (Ohio) South's Jaelen Gill, the No. 1 RB in the Midwest on Scout in the 2018 class, has many schools he hopes to visit this year from coast to coast...

Evaluation Notes:
One of the few 2018 prospects at The Opening, Gill has shown his quickness as well as ability to catch the football thus far at The Opening and we are expecting him to have more big plays during 7 on 7.

Schools Mentioned:
Notre Dame, Michigan, Michigan State, Penn State, Virginia Tech, Tennessee, Ohio State, Clemson, USC, UCLA.

http://www.scout.com/player/192174-jaelen-gill

TRANSCRIPT

Allen Trieu:

Alright, I’m out here with Jaelen Gill. Jaelen, you’re one of the few 2018 guys out here, so just talk a little it about what an honor it is to be selected at this early age.

Jaelen Gill:

It’s definitely an honor. It such a blessing to be out here and to experience all this stuff. And to be out here—one of six of the underclassmen—you know, all my hard work is paying off. But nothing’s written in stone; nothing’s done. Gotta keep working.

Allen Trieu:

Have you been the target of any recruiting? Like, any committed guys trying to come at you with any recruiting pitch?

Jaelen Gill:

Yeah, I’ve gotten it from Tennessee. I’ve gotten it from Clemson guys. I got a lot from Clemson—they’re coming at me. But of course, you know, I get that often back home in Ohio. I get it from Michigan. Every school I have an offer from, I get it from them all the time.

Allen Trieu:

And does that affect you at all? At least, in terms with, being close with guys in the class, or might that me something that eventually factors into your decision?

Jaelen Gill:

Um, a little bit. It plays a little role. But yeah, it does a little bit. It will make me more comfortable going into a school and everything, that I already know some players and all that. It might make things easier on me. But it’s not gonna play a huge role because I know my personality and self. I’m not a cold person, so I know I’ll fit in wherever I go. So I mean, yeah a little bit.

Allen Trieu:

Alright, I know we have a little bit left of summer… any visits coming up?

Jaelen Gill:

Um, no. I mean, I want to. Nothing’s written in stone, but I’m trying to get up to Notre Dame and Michigan, Michigan State, and Penn State. I’m trying to get to those four for sure. Maybe Virginia Tech. I probably won’t get to all five this summer, but one of those I’ll try to get to. My most recent one was Tennessee with my coach and Aaron Granger, my teammate. Keep your eye out for him. That’s about it right now.

Allen Trieu:

How did things go with Tennessee? What did you think?

Jaelen Gill:

Oh, I loved it. I went there before for a game last football season, and this time I got a full campus tour. I got to see academics and everything. And then I got a baseball visit, also, because I’ll probably be doing both in college. 

Tennessee is beautiful. The people are great, and they’re a great school. They got a great business program. I mean everything about Tennessee, I like.

Allen Trieu:

And what about Fall for games? Do you have some schools that you’d like to see a game at?

Jaelen Gill:

Yeah, I definitely want to see the Ohio St. v. Michigan game. I have to see that every year. I want to get to Penn State for one of their night games, because I know they have some really good ones. I want to get to Tennessee again. And if I can, I want to get to the USC v. UCLA game, because that’s a big game out there, and I have an offer from both. I love both schools out there, so I gotta see them both go at it.

Allen Trieu:

And last thing for you: You’ve had some time here to figure things out, and you have two years left, but ideally how do you see this recruiting process going, as far as when you’d like to narrow things down and when you’d like to maybe commit? How do you kind of see these next two years playing out if you could have it your way?

Jaelen Gill:

Definitely no time soon will I be making a decision, so probably going into my senior year, or something like that, is when I’ll have something. When I’ll be at a school.


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