One of the best prospects in the 2009 class that many folks are unaware of resides in Woodruff. CB/RB Maurice Gilliam has seen his interest pick up since last season but almost halfway through the season we caught up with him for an update on his recruitment.
As his Wolverines are coming off a convincing 46-13 victory over Southside last Friday things have been pretty positive for his team under new head coach Brian Lane. "It's been good. We've been working hard in practice. Every day we're just trying to get better and better as the season goes on." The Wolverines record stands at 4-2 overall and they are now 1-0 in region play. Friday's game say Gilliam rush for 114 yards and 2 touchdowns.
Next week things don't get any easier as the Wolverines will face Palmetto High. Asked what it would take for his team to come out with another win he responded, "We are gonna have to stay focused. I know they have a good running back. We have to stick to our gameplan and execute, that's all."
A number of schools have been active in their recruitment of the playmaker so far. "Vanderbilt, West Virginia, Duke, and Winston Salem State are the ones I hear the most from." A visit to Vanderbilt was set to take place this past Saturday but the outstanding athlete also doubles as one of the brightest students in the classroom as well with a 4.0 GPA. "I was supposed to head up to Vanderbilt on Saturday but I had to stay here and take the SAT. I will probably call the Vanderbilt coaches tomorrow and try to reschedule another visit soon. I plan on trying to get up to Winston Salem State sometime soon too."
For Gilliam a few things will carry more weight for him when it comes time to make a decision for college. "It will probably be location and atmosphere. I can't go too far from my family. I mean nowhere like California or anything like that. I want them to be able to drive and see me play. I also want to play somewhere where they have a nice crowd for their games too so I guess atmosphere is going to be up there too."
Gilliam and the Wolverines have seen some tough competition so far this season and one player thus far sticks out as the toughest to cover. "The wide receiver/tight end from Greer High, Desmond Parks, was tough. He's huge, plus the fact that he's a good athlete too."
We will have updated statistics for Gilliam so far this season later this week so stay tuned. SCPrepNation.com is the #1 source for all things concerning South Carolina high school football and basketball recruiting.