2016 Kentucky Football Signee - Tobias Gilliam
Tobias Gilliam, Defensive Back, 5-11, 190, Fr.-HS, Dayton, Ohio (Wayne) – Pronounced Tobias GILL-ee-um ... Consensus three-star cornerback … Scout has him ranked as the 87th best cornerback in the nation and the third-best corner in Ohio … ESPN rates him as the 59th best cornerback in the nation and the 36th best prospect in Ohio … Rated by Rivals as the nation’s No. 46 cornerback … Rivals.com says, “He's the ultimate competitor. He's always bringing his best. He's always ready to play football. He has a very good skill set — it's probably not an elite skill set, but he gets the most out of what he has. He's not going to back down, no matter who's standing across from him. The way he's built, he should be an asset in run support. He's not a wispy, little defensive back that gets run over by big running backs” … 247sports rates him as the 68th best cornerback in the nation and the 30th best prospect in the state of Ohio … Had 46 tackles and two interceptions as a junior ... Recorded 77 tackles with 1.5 sacks as a senior ... Notched a season-high 10 tackles in a 56-17 rout of Centerville ... Also forced two fumbles and grabbed two interceptions in 2015 ... Named AP First Team All-Ohio, the Southwest District and the GWOC Central Defensive Player of the Year ... Helped lead the Wayne Warriors to an undefeated regular season and its second straight regional title and appearance in the D-1 state championship game ... Was part of a stingy defense which held nine of its 10 opponents to 17 points or fewer ... Coached by Jay Minton ... Wayne finished the 2015 season ranked eighth nationally and second in the state of Ohio ... Had recruiting offers from several schools but chose UK over Minnesota, Pittsburgh and West Virginia.
Coach Stoops on Gilliam: “We are very excited about Tobias. He comes from a strong high school program and he knows how to win. We’ve had the opportunity to work with him in the summers at camp and we have been very impressed with his ability and work ethic. ”