Each year, there seem to be a handful of players who come out of nowhere and burst onto the recruiting scene. For the 2013 class, one of those prospects is Harford Vo-Tech (MD) receiver Isaiah Gills.
Gills lining up at West Virginia's 7-on-7 camp two weekends ago.
After shining for a high school squad not typically known for their football prowess, the 6-foot-4, 210-pounder has been training and traveling with Maryland-based Next Level Nation – and the new found exposure has been paying off.
“I was at West Virginia two weekends ago and Ohio State last weekend,” said Gills. “They both went pretty good. I talked with a couple of the coaches – one from Toledo and the wide receivers coach from Ohio State.”
The trips were for 7-on-7 tournaments, so there wasn’t much in the way of recruiting or tours for the lanky receiver. That could change, though, as several other trips are lined up going forward.
“I’m going to Maryland [Wednesday], Boston College [Friday] and Connecticut on Saturday,” said Gills. “I’ll also be going to Alabama and Tennessee later in July.”
With these camps, Gills is aware that it’s a time to show off his best attributes but also to improve his game.
“I want to get better at getting off the ball, releasing from the receiver and getting separation,” he said. “I’d say [my best attribute] is that I adjust to the ball. I go up and get it. I find any way I can to get to the ball.”
Both assessments are spot-on, as EerSports saw Gills in person in Morgantown two weekends ago. Even before we had put a name with the face, we had made note of what he was doing on the field, especially after watching him fight through cornerbacks for back-to-back jump balls.
Although he “just walked by” a lot of the facilities at his previous stops, Gills hopes to take in a little more going ahead. But with the sudden surge into the spotlight, the intriguing prospect just wants to take things slow with his recruitment.
“I’m looking for a homey environment, but really, right now, I just want to wait and check everyone out,” he said. “All of this is pretty overwhelming right now.”