Sergio Gilliam Commits To Clemson
CLEMSON – After an in home visit Wednesday morning with Clemson assistant Rick Stockstill, Greer athlete Sergio Gilliam (6-3, 175) decided to end his recruiting by committing to play football for Clemson.
Gilliam played receiver and cornerback for the Yellow Jackets as well as returned punts and kickoffs. As a receiver, he had 21 receptions for 450 yards and 4 touchdowns. On defense he recorded 8 interceptions and 42 tackles. In total, he scored 10 touchdowns his senior season.
“Sergio Gilliam is a nice pick up for Clemson,” said recruiting analyst Mickey Plyler. “His height and speed are his biggest attributes. I think the Clemson staff likes his versatility. I have not seen him in person but am looking forward to seeing him at Shrine Bowl practices. This is another upstate commitment that is significant for many reasons for Clemson.”
Gilliam who was recently selected to the Shrine Bowl also had offers from USC, Georgia, Vanderbilt and Tennessee. He is scheduled for an official visit to Clemson on January 10th.
Gilliam is the sixth 2003 commitment for the Tigers.
2003 Reported Commitments
1 QB C.J. Gaddis 6-1, 197 Raeford, NC
2 K Jad Dean 5-11, 190 Greenwood, SC
3 OL Clint LaTray 6-3, 265 Allen, TX
4 OL Marion Dukes 6-4, 290 Pickens, SC
5 OL Brandon Pilgrim 6-5, 270 Lilburn, GA
6 ATH Sergio Gilliam 6-3, 175 Greer, SC
Transcript of Radio Interview with Mickey Plyler
”Plyler on Sports” can be heard in upstate SC on 1070 AM from 4 to 7
Plyler: What was this morning like for you?
Gilliam: This morning I sat down with Coach Stockstill and we talked about Clemson with my mom and me and he told us things about Clemson. After that, he left and my mom went and bought a Clemson outfit to wear back to work. They were pretty excited about that.
Plyler: What is your height, weight, and 40 speed?
Gilliam: 6-3, 175, 4.4
Plyler: Positions in High School?
Gilliam: As receiver, I had 21 receptions for 450 yards and 4 touchdowns. As a DB I finished the season off with eight interceptions and including special teams, I had ten touchdowns.
Plyler: Do you return kicks?
Gilliam: Yes, I return punts and kick offs.
Plyler: What was your record at Greer?
Gilliam: Our record was 9-4.
Plyler: Do you play any other sports for Greer High School?
Gilliam: Yes, I play basketball, run track, and play baseball.
Plyler: But just football on the next level?
Plyler: What other schools were recruiting you besides Clemson?
Gilliam: South Carolina, Georgia, Vanderbilt, Tennessee, and several other ACC and SEC teams.
Plyler: What positions did they talk to you about playing next year?
Gilliam: Next year they have talked to me playing WR on offense and free safety and corner on defense. But for right now we are not sure of the position. They are recruiting me as an athlete and wherever I can fit in or help the team the most is where they will play me.
Plyler: What are your strengths as a wide receiver?
Gilliam: My ability to be able to jump over the corners that are smaller than me and the other good defensive backs. My speed helps me on running routes and to be able to run past the corners.
Plyler: What are your strengths as a defensive back?
Gilliam: My ability to read the quarterback and break up passes.
Plyler: Which would you rather play offense or defense?
Gilliam: Whatever position can help the team because it is hard for me to choose.
Plyler: Tell us your feelings about when you were selected to the Shrine Bowl?
Gilliam: It was an honor for me to be selected to the Shrine Bowl. It is like a dream come true for me and the players that made it. At the beginning of the year my goal was to make something big out of this year and to make a name for myself.
Plyler: Sometimes in Shrine Bowl, there is a lot of discussion among teammates about possibly playing together at their respective schools.
Gilliam: I know several of the guys in the Shrine Bowl even though we are not that close. After a week together, I think we will be very close. I am sure college football in be brought up, and I will mention about coming to Clemson and playing with me.
Plyler: What do you need to work on before you report to Clemson?
Gilliam: Right now, I am working on my SAT score and trying hard school-wise to maintain a B average.