The Richmond area has seen an increase in high school football talent over the past several years with 2021 DE Kelvin Gilliam being among the talented players with Power 5 football futures. Gilliam is early in his recruitment, but already has a couple of schools standing out among his 5 early offers.
Gilliam told us that Virginia Tech and Michigan State currently stand out in his recruitment. He had this to say on why the Hokies stand out in his recruitment.
"2 of my coaches went to Virginia Tech and had great success. Also, I just really connected with the coaching staff, and the facility," Gilliam said.
Gilliam also said that he has a "good relationship" with the Hokies' coaching staff and mentioned how Charley Wiles was impressed by his skill set at a VT camp he attended in the past.
Currently, Kelvin Gilliam said that the Hokies have been "really keeping in touch" with him and are recruiting him the hardest.
Recently, Gilliam took visits to Blacksburg and UVA with his trip to VT coming when the Hokies hosted Miami.
"It was great. I really connected with the coaches," Gilliam said about his visit for the Miami game.
Looking ahead, Gilliam plans to visit Virginia Tech on January 19th for their first Junior Day of 2019. That is the only visit Gilliam currently has scheduled though it likely won't be the only one for him.
Part of that is because of the potential Gilliam showed as a sophomore this past season with 44 tackles including 11 tackles for loss, 4 sacks, and 9 QB hurries this past season. Those numbers show the potential Gilliam has to develop into one of the top defensive ends in the Mid-Atlantic and a potential priority for many Power 5 programs.
Though Gilliam only has 5 offers currently, he seems poised to gain more offers this spring after his solid season with South Carolina and Kent State among the teams Gilliam believes is closest to offering him.
For now though, Virginia Tech is off to a great start in their pursuit of Richmond DE Kelvin Gilliam with a big opportunity to make another strong impression on him later this month.
Kelvin Gilliam's Offer List (According to 247 Sports)
ACC: Virginia Tech, Georgia Tech
Big 10: Michigan State
Photo Credit: Kelvin Gilliam (Gilliam is second from the right)
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