Oklahoma Sooners

Sooners Land In Top 10 For 4-Star Defensive End

M. Hofeld


Highland Springs, Virginia defensive end Kelvin Gilliam released his Top 10 on Tuesday afternoon with the University of Oklahoma included. If you’re keeping track, the Sooners currently have three highly-touted defensive ends in the class with the possibility of more to come.

At 6-3/250, Gilliam is rated as a 4-star prospect by 247Sports, who also has him as the #7 weak-side defensive end and the #4 prospect from the state of Virginia for the 2021 class.

A smart player with high motor, Gilliam has the ability to play on the edge or on the inside because he’s quick off the edge but can also bull rush just as well. His combination of speed, power, and size helped him to earn 39 scholarship offers. He has narrowed those offers down to Minnesota, Florida, Virginia Tech, Cal, LSU, Kentucky, South Carolina, Texas, and Penn State who appears to be Oklahoma’s biggest challenge in securing a commitment.

Oklahoma currently has 9 verbal commitments for the 2021 recruiting class. Seven of those nine are on the offensive of the ball, including Clayton Smith and Ethan Downs who also play weak-side defensive end. Nathan Rawlins-Kibonge is an Oklahoma commitment at the strong-side defensive end position. All three of OU’s current defensive end commitments are ranked as 4-star prospects by 247Sports.

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