Still Available: DL/OL Harneet Gill

L.A. Pierce OL/DL Harneet Gill (6-7, 260), a bounceback from Missouri, wants everyone to know he's available to leave right now.



Gill played both ways for the Brahmas this past fall, spending most of his time at tight end, but a move to defense for the final three games of the season may portend a permanent move there in 2015.

"I was the starting tight end, but I got like maybe two or three reps a game, so it was sorta frustrating," Gill told JCFootball.com. "When we got down to the final three games, we had a couple of injuries at defensive and our defensive coordinator came to me and said he needed me over on defense, so I went over and played there.

"I actually fell in love with defense. I had a great time and I liked playing it a lot.

"I am open to playing anywhere, but I loved defense when I finally got the chance to play it."

In his three games at defensive end, Gill posted nine tackles, one sack and 2.5 tackles-for-loss.

As a prep at Francis Howell High School in Saint Charles, Missouri, Gill had offers from a handful of schools, but he chose to stay close to home and play for the Tigers. However, while nursing a Lisfranc injury he suffered during his senior season, he and the Missouri medical staff couldn't find a common ground for his rehab.

"My doctors and I had set up a plan and my rehab was going well," Gill said. "When I got to Missouri in the summer, they wanted me to speed things up and I just didn't feel like it was in my best interest to speed it up and when I took it back to my doctor, they agreed with me and ultimately, I just felt like it was better for me to leave and start fresh."

Many might think that because he enrolled at Missouri, he would need to finish up his two-year degree before he's eligible to play at a four-year program, but Gill wants to set the record straight.

"I was only there part-time as a student, so I talked to an NCAA person and they said that I would need to appeal, but that it was textbook case of a situation where I would probably win he appeal," Gill noted.

Should Gill find a home this spring, he would have four years to play three, assuming he wins his appeal. However, he is also open to returning to Pierce this fall and if he were to play for the Brahmas this fall, he would have three years to play two starting in the fall of 2016.




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