Wisconsin gets commitment from 2014 quarterback

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Jeff Potrykus, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Monday, July 8, 2013

MADISON--Wisconsin’s football coaching staff has added another piece to what should be a robust 2014 freshman class.

D.J. Gillins, a touted dual-threat quarterback from Jacksonville, Fla., announced Monday he had chosen UW over several schools.

“They were brutally honest,” Gillins said during an interview on the Southern Pigskin Radio Network when asked about the UW staff. “They were pretty cool guys, and they would tell you straightforward …

“That is why I liked them.”

Gillins, 6-foot-3 and 185 pounds, was recruited by offensive coordinator Andy Ludwig. He also had offers from Boston College, Arizona, Georgia Tech and Vanderbilt.

Gillins passed for more than 2,700 yards and 31 touchdowns as a sophomore. He missed most of his junior season after suffering a torn anterior cruciate ligament but is expected to be ready to open his senior season and still garnered several scholarship offers.

“I have the ability to pass and run,” Gillins, who attends Jacksonville Ribault High School, said when asked to describe his game. “I can do it all.

“I’m a pocket passer, but if you blitz, I can destroy you on certain things. I’m pretty good at what I do.”

Gillins committed to Texas Tech last fall but re-opened his recruitment after head coach Tommy Tuberville left for Cincinnati.

“I talked it over with my family,” Gillins said when asked about his final decision. “They loved my choices. Great academics. Great school.”

Gillins is the 11th known commitment for UW’s 2014 class, including the fourth in the last two weeks.

UW last month received commitments from Taiwan Deal, a 6-2, 225-pound tailback from Hyattsville, Md.; Michael Deiter, a 6-5, 295-pound offensive lineman from Genoa, Ohio; and Austin Hudson, a 6-2, 185-pound safety from Tampa, Fla.

The schools to offer Deal included Iowa, Maryland, Michigan State, Pittsburgh, Purdue, Tennessee, Vanderbilt, Virginia Tech and West Virginia.

Deiter’s offer list included Georgia Tech, Nebraska, Illinois and West Virginia.

Hudson received offers from Holy Cross, Florida Tech and Jacksonville State.

Gillins is the first quarterback commitment for UW’s 2014 class. Austin Kafentzis, from Sandy, Utah, last month gave UW a commitment for the 2015 class.

Gillins said he recently spoke with an uncle who graduated from UW and received glowing reviews.

“It is crazy,” Gillins said. “I love the fact they have the tradition called ‘Jump Around.’”

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