Could Gillins Be Next?

Wisconsin has made it clear that Kyle Allen, DeShone Kizer and Nicodem Pierre are its top three targets at quarterback in the 2014 recruiting class. After watching him workout this month, could Jacksonville (FL) Ribault's D.J. Gillins be the next QB offer UW extends?

Wanting to take at least one quarterback every recruiting cycle, it is widely believed that head coach Gary Andersen is looking for a quarterback in class of 2014 who has the ability to keep plays alive if the pocket breaks down.

That quarterback might be Jacksonville (FL) Ribault's D.J. Gillins, who threw and worked out for first year offensive coordinator Andy Ludwig was in to watch Gillins throw in mid May.

"It went pretty well," Gillins told Badger Nation. "He told me that he liked my release and that I can really throw the football. He also said that he liked me as a prospect and that he would get in touch with me in a few days."

The Badgers coaching staff hasn't been in contact with the 6-3, 191-pound Gillins a lot prior to his throwing session, but Ludwig told Gillins that he could expect the contact to increase after the workout.

Even with the lack of contact, Gillins – a three-star quarterback ranked No.55 in the country by Fox Sports next - has the basic knowledge of what Wisconsin football is all about.

"I know they have a great program and play in the Big Ten and their facilities can compete with anyone in the nation," Gillins said. "Also they're a physical team and that they like to run the football. Russell Wilson went there and he had a great career at Wisconsin and is now having success in the NFL."

Gillins, who de-committed from Texas Tech in March after committing to the Red Raiders in November, missed all of his junior season with a torn anterior cruciate ligament he suffered in September.

"I'm fully healthy now and was able to run track," Gillins said. "I competed in the 400 meter. I didn't run it as fast as I normally could have but that was due to my injury. But I just started to do my summer workout in order to be prepared for my senior year."

Knocking the rust off is one of the main reasons Gillins has been busy with 7-on-7 tournaments and will do camps this summer, including possibly going to Wisconsin.

"I might go to Wisconsin's football camp because Denzel Hatcher, my cousin who plays for St. Thomas Aquinas, is going to attend the camp and I might go with him," Gillins said. "If I do go I'm looking forward to seeing the campus and just showing off my skills to the coaching staff."

Besides the possibility of competing at Wisconsin, Gillins will attend camps at Louisville, Boston College and Vanderbilt. Not only will Gillins have to prove that he's healthy, but show that he hasn't regressed since his injury.

"I feel like I have good accuracy on the football but I still would like to improve my accuracy and I would like to improve my touch on the football," Gillins said. "I also would like to demonstrate to the coaches at the camps that I'm a good leader."

Gillins currently holds offers from West Virginia, Vanderbilt, Troy, Texas Tech, North Carolina, Georgia Tech, Florida International and Arizona. He said Louisville, Boston College and Arizona are in contact with him the most.

After de-committing from Texas Tech after the coaching change, Gillins is in no rush to make his decision.

"Whenever I do decide to end my recruitment, I'll look at the depth chart of the team, the communication between coaches and players and the relationship I have with the coaching staff," Gillins said.


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