Gilliam Hitting the Off Season Hard

One of the better athletes Indiana has within its borders this season, quick Southport linebacker Joe Gilliam continues to pull in offers, but that hasn't discouraged him from hitting the weight room hard in the off season.

Indiana native Joe Gilliam is heading in to his senior year of school knowing that his future is still open to many schools. Right now, the stand out outside linebacker (ranked 23rd in the nation by Scout.com) is taking thing at his own pace and wants to weight all his options.

Coming off a successful season as a junior Gilliam is ready to conquer his final year full steam ahead. Gilliam's school finished 9-2, which is the best record in 13 years. On top of that they won their conference but had an early exit in the state championship tournament.

Gilliam ended the season with 96 tackles, 3 sacks, and 4 forced fumbles. To improve those numbers Gilliam has been taking the necessary steps in the off-season.

"I'm lifting weights and running to get myself bigger and stronger," Gilliam told Badger Nation. "I've also been a little film to see where I can improve parts of my game."

Gilliam has been receiving offers from several different schools, but the majority of those offers are coming from the Big Ten, as he received offers from Indiana, Minnesota, Northwestern, Purdue and Wisconsin, not to mention an offer from Stanford.

"There isn't a clear cut two or three that are my favorites, its wide open." said Gilliam

Gilliam doesn't have any visits planned for the near future, as he seems focused on his senior season and bringing a state championship back to the Southport High School. He's confident in himself as a player and as a person and knows what a school would be getting if they receive his commitment.

"As a player I bring good work ethic, and will do what the coaches ask me to do. As a person I'm a genuine nice guy and will do the right thing in any situation." said Gilliam.

Gilliam's future plans include getting to a lot of camps and making numerous visits to schools before making a commitment, which he plans to for one to two weeks after his senior season ends. Gilliam is a raw player, as he has only been playing football since his freshman year of high school, but wants to get experience under his belt and learn the game as much as he can in his final year.

In regards to the Badgers, Gilliam likes what he sees in the Badgers and thinks that they have a great program and great coaching staff. Time will tell to see whether or not Gilliam will be wearing the cardinal and white.


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