College Football Recruiting 2012: Malik Gilmore Lists Notre Dame, Michigan Tops
As we continue to recap all of the great recruiting nuggets we got while speaking to players at the Los Angeles Under Armour Combine this past weekend, we come to one of the top receivers in California, Malik Gilmore.
Already with six offers, including Notre Dame and Michigan, Gilmore came to and away from the combine as the top receiver prospect. Former NFL Pro Bowler Mushin Muhammad served as receiver coach during the weekend and gave Muhammad high praise.
"He has all the physical tools," Muhammad said, adding, "He has a bright future."
We caught up with Gilmore at the 250-player event this past weekend, and let's check out what all he had to say about which schools he likes.
Six Scholarship Offers for Gilmore, Including Notre Dame and Michigan
"I currently have six offers," Gilmore told Bleacher Report. "Notre Dame, Michigan, Washington, Duke, Utah State and San Diego State."
Gilmore is a 6'3", 200-pound receiver with long arms and huge hands. He was not the first option last year at his Lakewood (CA) high school squad, but still caught 26 balls for 463 yards and six scores.
He impressed all weekend long in Los Angeles, and surely will see his offer list grow in the coming weeks.
Does Gilmore Want to Stay Close to Home or Go Away for School?
"It goes both ways. It really doesn't matter. I just want to make the right decision that's best for me, so no, not really. It doesn't really matter," said Gilmore in regards to whether he would like to stay close to home or go away for college.
Gilmore seems focused on getting better. He was overshadowed last year because his high school squad was very talented. Also, Gilmore plays in one of the most competitive leagues in the country for high school football, so he has faced college-level competition all through high school.
Where Do Notre Dame and Michigan Stand?
The 6'3", 200-pound receiver likes both Notre Dame and Michigan at the moment. He seems primed to be patient and not make a rushed decision, but he did acknowledge that both programs are sticking out.
Look for Notre Dame and Michigan to get an official visit to both Ann Arbor and South Bend in the fall. Both programs recruit nationally, and are no strangers in establishing themselves in the metro-Los Angeles area.
Gilmore is a solid fit for both the Irish and Wolverine's offenses. Notre Dame runs a spread system, where Gilmore could do Michael Floyd-type things in South Bend.
For Michigan, the Wolverines will revert back to a traditional offense, and Gilmore's physicality, length and great hands would make a very attractive option for Big Blue QBs.
What Are Gilmore's Biggest Strengths and Weaknesses?
"I think my biggest strengths are my size, hands, physicality and route running," Gilmore told Bleacher Report.
He displayed all of those strengths and also solid release quickness during the throwing portion of the combine. Gilmore knows when he's open, as he will raise his arm in the Randy Moss mold to signal to the QB to pitch. He has excellent leaping ability and ball skills and looks to high-point all throws.
"My biggest weakness is my speed. I just think I need to get faster and I want to work on my speed," said Gilmore.
While he's not a burner, he has the skill set to work well in the intermediate passing game and has enough speed to keep secondaries honest. With proper speed training, Gilmore's will be fine.
Who Else Is in the Race for Gilmore?
Aside from his six offers from Notre Dame, Michigan, Washington, San Diego State, Duke and Utah State, there seems to be interest in Cal, UCLA, USC and LSU from Gilmore.
"I think I have an offer from Cal. But I'm not sure, I need to confirm that with my coach. They wanted me to come to their junior days," Gilmore said.
As the spring evaluation period moves forward, look for his number of six offers to increase. Gilmore definitely is one the top receivers in the state and on the West Coast.