June 25, 2009

Another Texan commits to CSU

As far-fetched as it may sound, there must be something about Fort Collins that reminds people of Bushland, Tex. For the second time in as many years, the Colorado State Ram football team has received a commitment from a Bushland prospect who said they found Fort Collins, "felt like home."

Last year it was offensive tackle Weston Richburg. This month, 6-foot-6, 226-pound tight end Crockett Gillmore has committed to Colorado State. Gillmore, said for him it was a matter of finding a school he felt comfortable at.

"I worked out at their (CSU) camp and me and my dad walked around and looked at the campus later," Gillmore said. "I liked it, so I decided that is where I wanted to be. It felt like home to me," he added. "I liked the coaches, I liked the campus and I just want to play ball there."

Gillmore caught 43 passes for 630 yards and scored 15 touchdowns a year ago for Bushland. The big tight end runs a 4.8 time in the 40-yard dash and features a bench press of 280 pounds and a squat of 440. He also figures to be an academic qualifier thanks to his 3.2 grade-point average.

This summer he attended camps at Texas Christian, New Mexico, Missouri and UTEP before committing to CSU.

Gillmore said he committed after the Rams' camp in early June and called CSU cornerbacks coach Tim Duffie, as well as head coach Steve Fairchild after his commitment.

"They were excited for me to get down there and they are ready for me to be there," Gillmore said.

This summer Gillmore is working construction in Texas as well as lifting four days-a-week and running five days-a-week. He said he also plays basketball at Bushland where he averaged eight points per game and track where he runs hurdles and high jumps.

Gillmore will join his high school teammate Richburg at Colorado State and said Richburg's recruitment by CSU was a big factor in his own commitment to CSU.

"It was a big help," Gillmore said. "When Coach Duffie came to recruit me, I had met him a couple times already because he came to see Weston. That helped me a lot to get to know him and know what Colorado State is doing."

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