January 7, 2012

Brenham Star Making a Switch

There is a belief among football evaluators that winning is a skill just like blocking, passing, and tackling that must be learned and isn't an inherent attribute. For that reason college coaches like to not only find talented players, but seek out talented players that come from winning high school programs.

Among the Texas State commitment list exist players that fit that bill such as Hayden Lambert at Aledo and Felix Romero at Cedar Park among others.

Other than Lambert who has a few state title rings on his fingers, nobody may fit that bill better than the player he beat in the 2009 4A state championship game Jerrid Jeter-Gilmon.

While the team didn't meet the expectations of their players and coaches, falling in the second round of this year's 4A state playoffs to Beaumont (TX) Ozen, their 6-2, 210lb linebacker feels he contributed as best he could to help them succeed.

"For me personally I think I played to my full potential," said Jeter-Gilmon. "One of my goals this year was to go all out, and I feel like I did pretty good as an individual. As a team, we didn't meet our full potential and we should have done better than we ended up doing. "

Jeter-Gilmon has not only played for a successful high school program, he has played on arguably the most talented defense in the state of Texas alongside future longhorns Malcolm Brown and Timothy Cole, and three-star prospect Troy Green.

"Playing on this defense has been just wonderful," said Jeter-Gilmon. "If I could have just one more game to play with those guys I'd take that over anything."

While he won't have that one more game with his high school teammates, his next football action will come as a member of the Bobcats. Jeter-Gilmon chose Texas State over a slew of FBS offers.

"I like the coaching staff and I like the way they run their program," said Jeter-Gilmon. "Coach [Brad] Franchione, when he was coaching at Blinn I went to a camp when I was young I remember him giving me the MVP award for his camp and I've pretty much liked him since then. So that had a big impact that I get to play for him."

A few offers have trickled in since Jeter-Gilmon committed to Texas State, and the letters still come, but he said the phone calls from coaches have stopped and his commitment to Texas State hasn't wavered.

"I don't just throw it away I read it, but as far as me being committed to Texas State, I'm there," said Jeter-Gilmon. "I just read it to see what it says."

A linebacker with the Cubs, when he gets to San Marcos Jeter-Gilmon indicated that he will probably move to the rover position in Texas State's 4-2-5 defense playing the role of a hybrid linebacker/safety.

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