Jacksonville QB Ready for a Huge Season

Jul 29, 2013

By: Michael Holloway

After a long 2012 season of having to watch football from the sidelines Jacksonville Ribault rising senior DJ Gillins is poised for his senior campaign with a new team and repaired ACL.

"I got hurt in the first game of the season against Bishop Snyder after throwing only two passes for 54yds and a touchdown," said Gillins.."I'm ready to get back to the business of playing football and I've worked extremely hard to be ready for the fall season."

Gillins is a 6-3 195lb signal caller who runs the 40yd dash in the 4.5 -4.6 range.  He can beat you with his legs but it's his pocket presence that he feels is his best asset as a player. A true leader, he is the first one to practice and the last one to leave.

"When I tore my ACL last year I knew it was going to take faith and dedication to get back for this up coming season. I can relate to what RG3 has went through now. I pattern my game after RG3  and Teddy Bridgewater because those two guys had to overcome injuries in order to be there for their team." 

DJ Gillins stepped on the scene as a freshman three years ago for Eagleview passing for 2188yds, 22Tds 15Ints.  His Sophomore year he improved his numbers passing for 2667 yards with 31 touchdowns, and added five rushing touchdowns

Many felt like if he would've landed at a bigger school with more talent his numbers would be record breaking, therefore he transferred to Ribault high school for his senior year.

"I loved my time at Eaglesview but we just lacked depth and talent at the skill positions which now at Ribault we have more than enough to go around", said Gillins.

DJ is already qualified through the NCAA which he has a 3.3 core GPA and was originally committed to Texas Tech, but due to Tommy Tuberville & staff leaving he reopened his commitment and chose Wisconsin.

"After coach Tommy Tuberville and staff left I felt like they left me hanging, so I took a long hard look at Wisconsin. The lineman they have are big and athletic, the campus is beautiful, I like the Grad school they have there also plus the way they play the game.  Tyjuan Deal told me to hop on board because he would be protecting me, so I'm a Badger now"

DJ is the son of a coach so he contributes that to his passion of playing football. He has also attended many passing camps notably the Elite 11 in which he faired quite well. His goals for his senior year at Ribault high is to lead his team to the playoffs, while getting some of his teammates opportunistic chances to get recruited to colleges.

"We will not be under the radar long because we have a group of talented guys. My knee is a 100%, I'm ready and we are preparing everyday to be successful this year.  Watch out for the Jacksonville Ribault Trojans this year Gillins said.

Florida Prospects will keep you posted on the progress of DJ Gillins throughout the 2013 season.


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