Pearl River QB D.J. Gillins has some options to consider as he heads into the summer

Pearl River QB D.J. Gillins (6-3, 205) signed with Wisconsin out of high school, but after a coaching change in Madison, he didn't feel like he could stay with the Badgers so he's ventured south and he has some options to consider as he heads into the summer...

"I have offers right now from New Mexico, SMU and Troy," Gillins told "All of them want me this summer and I'm getting set to graduate here pretty soon (May 21st) so I have the option to leave early and it's something I am considering right now.

"If I don't decide to leave, then I will finish things up in December and sign with a school then."

Gillins signed with Wisconsin and then head coach Gary Andersen, but when he left to take the job at Oregon State, Gillins started to feel like the other shoe was going to fall.

"I just didn't feel comfortable with the new staff and I didn't feel like I was going to get a fair shot to play quarterback, so I started to make some calls and Pearl River seemed like the best place to be," Gillins recalled. 

With his blend of size and athleticism, one might think that Gillins is a dual-threat quarterback with the ability to be a threat in the running game while keeping teams honest with his arm.

"I definitely can run, but I see myself as a pocket guy," Gillins said. "I'd rather slide around on the pocket and keep plays alive so I can distribute the ball down the field.

"A big thing for me this summer will be working on my footwork and just making sure I'm more sound in reading defenses."

Should Gillins opt to leave this summer, he'd have three years to play three starting this fall. will continue to keep tabs on Gillins in the coming weeks and we will have updates on him as news becomes available.

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