The Georgia Southern Eagles have made a major move in the recruiting game by offering former Wisconsin quarterback and four-star prospect DJ Gillins.
Gillins is plying his trade at Pearl River Community College in Mississippi this fall and should have two seasons of eligibility left afterward. He saw the field at UW as a wide receiver in 2015 after redshirting his freshman year, but decided to transfer so he could move back to the quarterback position.
Make no mistake, Gillins was a stud while playing high school ball in the Jacksonville, Florida area. He was ranked the No. 4 dual-threat quarterback in the nation by 247 Sports, No. 9 by Rivals and No. 17 by ESPN.com. Gillins was rated as a four-star prospect by all three services, and a three-star recruit by Scout.com.
His talent is more than apparent in this highlight film from the Wisconsin spring game.
Gillins was recruited to UW by Gary Andersen as a dual-threat quarterback, according to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. However, the paper reports he was a better runner than a passer and didn’t looks comfortable in the pro-style offense installed by new head coach Paul Chryst.
At 6-3, 205 pounds, he’s got the size and speed to be a major force for Georgia Southern in 2017 and 2018. There are enough similarities to Antonio Henton to make me wary, but this is definitely a player to keep an eye on over the next year.