That speed comes in the form of Minneapolis All-Metro performer David Gilreath (5‘11, 175, 4.4). "Our team is going to be very fast," the Scout.com three-star recruit said. "And we should be very good." Gilreath's performance at the Scout.com April Combine in Iowa City was just that. Very Good. He burst onto the recruiting scene after he clocked a 4.37 forty that day. In speaking to some of the personnel at the combine, it is obvious to understand the growing level of excitement in David's recruitment.
After the combine was over, I had the chance to speak with the wide receivers coach/analyst, Tim Glanton. "This kid has the most incredible feet I have seen at one of these things," Glanton exclaimed. "He is going to make one heckuva slot receiver because of his speed. But, I think his hands are good enough to play on the edge. With that speed, his ability to run the vertical routes is going to help teams as well." That ability has earned the watchful eye of some major college football programs.
His current list consists of: Wisconsin, Minnesota, Iowa, Iowa State, Indiana, and Kansas State. Of the previous schools, the KSU Wildcats are the only school yet to offer him a full scholarship. Some of the schools have left a very lasting impression.
About Wisconsin: "I love the facilities that they have. Camp Randall is a great stadium for football. Also, the program has put a lot of guys in the NFL over the past few years. That plays a big role in my decision. But, the best thing they have going for them is the fact that when you get a degree from Wisconsin you get the best possible education. Also, Coach Mason makes me feel right at home - as if I am already part of the family."
Concerning Minnesota: "Coach Luke (Tressel) at Minnesota and I will talk football X's and O's a lot. There have been times when I have been there and just chatted football forever. I have watched the Gophers many times. They have an up an coming program."
Talking Iowa: "When you have one of the most successful teams in the conference in the past four seasons, that plays a big role. They have won something like 25 Big Ten games, that is as many as Ohio State and Michigan. Plus, their weight room is maybe the best I have seen. And the strength coach, Coach (Chris) Doyle, is one of the most intense, yet down-to-earth guys."
Gilreath says he plans to take his recruiting visits, but made this announcement: "I could commit in a second if the right feeling and program hit me." His speed may be what one of these NCAA programs ordered, too.
He has already qualified with an 18 on the ACT, and has a 2.7 GPA.