March 14, 2013

Gaillard rising fast

Pine Forest (Fayetteville, N.C.) defensive tackle Lamont Gaillard burst onto the recruiting scene in the blink of an eye.

After being relatively unknown in late 2012 and through the first month of 2013, the stud defensive tackle is on an impressive run when it comes to pulling in offers from big-time programs.

"Alabama, Florida State, South Carolina, and Georgia have offered me recently," he said. "I didn't think these offers would come. It didn't seem like it was going to happen, but to see these offers and the colleges recruiting me and coming at me hard, it is real exciting."

The Georgia offer came almost a week ago, and it was an offer that Gaillard is excited about for a number of reasons.

One of those reasons is because it came seemingly out of the blue.

"Their coach (John Lilly) called me and told me I have an offer," he said. "I was excited immediately after they told me I have an offer. I didn't hear from much then just one day they called me and told me I have a Georgia offer so I was real happy."

Another reason Gaillard was excited about the Georgia offer is one of his favorite players was a two year starter for the Bulldogs.

"Their defensive linemen are great," Gaillard said. "That number six, the nose tackle, John Jenkins, is a guy I really like and I look up to him. I think I am that kind of player. I think I would be a great fit if I was to go there. I haven't made any decisions yet, but a chance for me to go to Georgia is a big chance for me."

After grabbing so many big offers in such a short period of time, Gaillard has yet form a visit schedule, but he says he wants to see all of the schools that have offered recently.

"I want to see all these schools," he said. "I hope to get there sometime soon. I just want to go ahead and start the process of getting to know the coaches."

With all of the big time SEC and ACC offers and attention that Gaillard has been able to garner lately, fans of each school may be surprised to find out that he grew up a fan of a school that isn't known for it's football prowess.

"I grew up loving Duke," Gaillard said. "They were my favorite team in basketball and football. I love crowds and I loved the crowds at basketball games and stuff like that. Football wise, I'm getting there."

With the recruiting process just getting started for the Tarheel State standout, one might think that he would take as much time as possible to figure things out.

According to Gaillard, that is not the case and he hopes to reach a decision sooner rather than later.

"As of right now, I hope to decide before my season starts or after the season, like in the winter," he said. "But I want to decide before my senior season."