There are many ways for a prospect to get on the radar of a college football team. The evaluation period is one way. That starts April 15 when Nebraska coaches can go to high schools to meet with high school coaches. The staff can also get a look at prospects in person. Camp season is rapidly approaching and that is a great way to catch the eye of a college coach. There are many players who go on to earn scholarships after a strong camp performance.
Another way that isn’t talked about much is being recommended by a high school coach or former player. It happens more than we think. It’s something that senior director of player personnel and recruiting Vince Guinta really likes.
“There are two different paths,” Guinta said. “You’ve got your kids that are from far away and then you’ve got your kids are maybe a little closer. I love to get a call from a high school coach that calls [director of high school relations] Kenny Wilhite and says, ‘Hey, I’ve got an upcoming sophomore that just had his freshman year and you guys should really take a look at him.’ We love that process where we can get him on campus somehow.”
The other way is if Nebraska hears about a player that had a great combine somewhere around the country. The program will reach out to that prospect’s high school coach to start the recruiting process. Both ways are important. The team can get great leads and background information when a coach reaches out first.
That’s exactly what happened with Texas 2023 offensive lineman Aidan Gilmore.
Former Huskers Dejuan Groce, McCathorn Clayton and Reggie Cooper recommended him. They reached out to wide receivers coach Mickey Joseph, which resulted in Gilmore (6-5, 300) visiting Lincoln for the spring game on April 9.
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Gilmore has another connection to the Husker program. Most of his family lives in Omaha and he spent his summer in Nebraska. It wasn’t his first time in Memorial Stadium but it was his first time as a recruit which had a different vibe.
“It was a lot cooler, in my opinion,” Gilmore said. “Just to experience the energy for the first time as a recruit that was really cool. Of all the other places that I visited, just the energy there is unmatched.”
The lineman has taken trips to Baylor, TCU, SMU, Kansas State and Texas Tech this spring. Gilmore thought it was great to get back around the Husker fanbase. He knew that no other fanbase would show up for a spring game like that. He said it was pretty cool for him to get recommended by his coaches to the Nebraska coaches. It showed him that they believe in him and his potential.
The chance to meet new offensive line coach Donovan Raiola stood out to him too.
“He’s a really cool guy,” Gilmore said. “I think he knows a lot. He’s seems pretty into being the offensive line coach there. I think he’s gonna do a great job. I think the new offensive staff can do something really big.”
It’s neat how it came together for Gilmore to check out what he called “one of my dream schools.” He doesn’t have an offer from Nebraska yet but the team is going to keep in contact with him. Gilmore has an idea of what he’s looking for as he weighs the handful of offers that he has.
“A team that’s like a family,” Gilmore said. “Coaches that will take care of you but also teach you a lot. I’m not a big fan of coaches that are just there to coach. I think coaches can be like your family. The same with the players it’s a brotherhood. That’s important.”
Greg is the Recruiting Analyst for Hail Varsity and has covered Husker athletics since 2013. He has always had a passion for sports while growing up in the Chicago area. As he got older and had to hang up his cleats and sneakers, he realized his passion for sports went beyond just watching and attending games. He has covered many events from the Rose Bowl to championship boxing matches. If he’s not talking sports, he’s hovering over his grill. He is married to an amazing woman, Kim, and they have a dog that barks when Greg yells at the TV during games.