January 28, 2010

Meet the Class of 2010: Crockett Gillmore

There aren't many schools that run a spread offense with a 6-foot-6, 226 wideout, but in Bushland (TX), that's the case with Crockett Gillmore. Big, tough and physical is the game he plays no matter where he's at on the field.

While it might seem odd to have a player of Gillmore's size playing wide receiver, according to the three-star prospect, that's just how things are in Bushland.

"For some reason everybody is big out here," Gillmore said. "You'll see kids in the hallway who are 6-foot-5 and you just think 'where did he come from?' They don't play any sports or anything. We have a pretty big football team, but there are kids just as big just walking the hallways around school."

Being big has its benefits, especially when it comes to being a large target for your quarterback. As a senior, Gillmore had 1,142 yards and 22 touchdowns on only 43 receptions. Put that with a forty yard dash time of just over 4.7 seconds and he becomes a nightmare for defenses.

Even though he played wide receiver for Bushland, who made it to the Texas 2A state championship game and lost last year, as well as being named an All-State defensive end, the Rams, led by Tim Duffie, have recruited Gillmore to play tight end. While there's no clear word yet whether or not Gillmore will redshirt as a freshman in 2010, with the recruiting approach Duffie took with the Texas native, he's just happy to be a Ram.

"Duffie is a good guy, whoever he recruits, he's gonna get - he's that good of a guy."

But Duffie, who was on staff at UTEP two before coming to Colorado State in 2008, isn't the only coach Gillmore is a fan of. With the approach CSU head coach Steve Fairchild is taking towards rebuilding the program in Fort Collins, Gillmore is excited to be a part of it.

"The program that they're building with Coach Fairchild, the coaching staff and all of the players they're getting, I think we'll be really good," said the three-star tight end. "Fairchild is a great coach and he really has something going at Colorado State."

With his senior year of football behind him, Gillmore is currently spending what time he has lifting weight and wrestling, where he competes at the 215 weight division holding a record of 18-0. Also up ahead this spring, Gillmore will be running track, competing in hurdles.

With so much time dedicated to football, lifting, wrestling and track, does Gillmore spend any time doing anything else?

"If I'm not playing sports, I don't know what I'm doing."

Gillmore will arrive on campus this summer to start working out with the Rams. He says he plans on getting an education degree and becoming a coach after his college career is over.

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