Gilreath talks Iowa City Combine

Plymouth, Minn. (Robbinsdale-Armstrong) wide receiver David Gilreath proved to be the best at his position at the All-American Combine in Iowa City this past Saturday.

If it was solely a track meet, there would have been no catching David Gilreath this past Saturday, as he posted the fastest time 40-yard dash (4.39 seconds).

Standing at 5-foot-9 1/2, 155 pounds, Gilreath also posted a 20-yard shuttle time of 4.29 and a time of 7.25 in the 3-cone drill. He had a 35-inch vertical jump, and recorded a 9-8 broad jump.

All those measurables and times would have meant little had Gilreath not been able to translate it over to the 1-on-1 drills.

Gilreath not only displayed his effectiveness with precise route running and catching the ball with his hands, and not his body, but he also left a lasting impression on Tim Glanton, the wide receiver coach at all All-American Combines.

"He had the best set of feet I have seen in a receiver prospect at these combines," Glanton said. "He is a perfect slot receiver, and would even be a great No. 2 receiver because he is going to be able to go vertically, as well as be used in the short passing game, with screens and set plays. The best part was the fact I don't remember him dropping a ball."

Gilreath played his junior season at Minneapolis Washburn before transferring to Plymouth Robbinsdale-Armstrong this past winter. Due to the transfer, Gilreath has been somewhat of an unknown.

"I thought the combine was great," Gilreath said. "I like the fact I was able to come and compete against all the other guys from around the Midwest, and show what I can do. I thought it was ran well, and allowed everyone to just play. There wasn't pads, it was you out on an island, showing what you got."

"I thought the hospitality was great," said Gilreath's father, Dave, Sr. "I want to thank you guys for the opporunity, and really I thought it was a great time. Everything went great."

Gilreath was not an unknown to the home state Minnesota Gophers or to the host of Saturday's All-American Combine, the Iowa Hawkeyes.

Gilreath made an unofficial visit to Iowa the day before the combine.

"When we first arrived, all the recruits were in the same room as Coach (Kirk) Ferentz spoke to us," Gilreath said. "He really seemed he was about winning a national championship, but at the same time, he stressed academics, first. He told us that Iowa has a lot of players who have higher than a 3.0 GPA.

"When I spoke to Coach (Lester) Erb and Coach (Eric) Johnson, they let me know that I was one of the top guys on their list. Coach Johnson told me he was looking forward to seeing me run the 40 at the combine. I asked Coach Erb if Iowa likes to throw the ball around, and he told me they love to throw the ball."

Yesterday, Gilreath received an encouraging letter from the Hawkeyes.

"I got a letter from Coach Johnson asking me to call Coach Ferentz either on Thursday or Friday during a certain time," Gilreath informed.

While the Hawkeyes may very well be the next to offer a scholarship, do not be surprised to see a few other area programs join the picture.

"Wisconsin, Indiana, and Kansas State are all suppose to be coming up by my high school," added Gilreath, who caught 48 passes for 702 yards and 15 touchdowns in 10 games as a junior. "Ohio State came by to see me last fall, and they are still showing a lot of interest. I still want to get out and make a visit to Ohio State at some point."

In my opinion, Gilreath was as every bit deserving of the combine's MVP as Jordan Bernstine. That isn't taking anything away from Bernstine's special performance, but Gilreath reminds me a lot of class of 2006 Hawkeye signee Anthony Bowman, who, in my opinion, was vastly underrated.

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