But as the handful of offers came in over the spring, the 6-3, 190-pound quarterback from Jacksonville (FL) Ribault had five schools he's ready to pick from: Arizona, Boston College, Georgia Tech, Vanderbilt and Wisconsin.
Talking with coaches from each of his five top prospects on almost a daily basis, the phone calls haven't made the decision process any easier.
"When Monday hits, I will pretty much know in my head what school I'm going to pick," Gillins told Badger Nation.
Maybe that's one of the reasons Wisconsin has made such a late push to land the three-star Gillins – ranked the No.56 quarterback in the country by Fox Sports Next. With UW still looking to land a dual-threat signal caller to run its offense, the Badgers coaching staff stuffed the mailbox full of letters in the last week. "Yesterday, Wisconsin sent me 88 letters because I'm close to choosing, and I talked with Head Coach Gary Andersen multiple times," said Gillins. "I love Wisconsin and I like when the fans do the ‘Jump Around.' Wisconsin's fan base is incredible and I love their academics. I like the coaching staff because they fit me."
Although he has affinity for Wisconsin, Gillins said Boston College is still a favorite because of the tradition, the new offensive coaches and their ability to run the read option.
"I can use my abilities in their offense, and I have a chance to start as a true freshman," said Gillins.
The list of choices includes Arizona because of his relationship with head coach Rich Rodriquez and his offensive style, and Georgia Tech because of the school's academics and close proximity to Gillins' home.
The final option for Gillins is Vanderbilt, a school he has visited twice this year and is familiar with the campus. Gillins also acknowledged that Vanderbilt's tough SEC competition is what keeps drawing him in.
Gillins maintains the school's conference won't be as big of factor as the school itself.
"I can adapt anywhere," said Gillins. "Whether it's the Big Ten, the SEC or wherever, I'll be playing in front of some of the best crowds, the loudest crowds and the biggest fan bases in the word. It's going to be very exciting."
As a sophomore Gillins threw for 2,667 yards while completing 191 of 331 attempts. He also threw 31 touchdown passes and only seven interceptions.