UT among schools eyeing Cottonwood (Ala.) QB Cory Gill after combine at Ole Miss

While Cory Gill would not say specifically if sensed his stock had risen at the Southern Elite Top 150 Combine last week at Ole Miss, it sure seemed that way.

Gill, the starting quarterback for Cottonwood (Ala.) High, was nothing short of impressive during the invitation-only combine that was comprised of a number of the finest prep football players in the country.

STOCK RISING --- Cottonwood (Ala.) High quarterback Cory Gill made his presence felt at the invitation-only Southern Elite Top 150 Combine at Ole Miss last week. The Tennessee Vols remain among the slew of colleges showing interest in Gill. (Photos courtesy of Cottonwood Athletics)

STOCK RISING — Cottonwood (Ala.) High quarterback Cory Gill made his presence felt at the invitation-only Southern Elite Top 150 Combine at Ole Miss last week. The Tennessee Vols remain among the slew of colleges showing interest in Gill. (Photos courtesy of Cottonwood Athletics)

After a year in which he drew rave reviews from scouts when he engineered the Bears from their midseason funk to clinch a postseason berth, the 6-foot-2, 195-pound Gill showed last week there is more to his offensive repertoire.

For starters, Gill performed superbly in an assortment of drills at a combine that attracted more 190 athletes. To his credit, he was especially impressive during the 7-on-7 drills, which ultimately resulted him being the only quarterback to finish among the top 30 prospects.

A multi-sport athlete who is pitching standout for Cottonwood’s baseball team, Gill, placed 11th overall at last week’s combine, a feat that is almost certain give way to his football stock rising as his senior campaign looms.

“I think I performed well,” Gill said, when asked to assess his overall display at his latest camp. “It was really important to me because it’s always good to go different places and show different scouts what you are made of and I really enjoy doing that.”

No one seemed more intrigued by Gill’s performance than his mother, Jennifer Gill, who made the trip to Oxford, Miss. to witness her son demonstrate why scouts are steadfastly inquiring about his services.

“I was enjoying watching all of the talent from the stands,” Jennifer Gill said. “It seemed like all the quarterbacks there were very talented.  I would hear the other parents and spectators talking about that tall dark-headed quarterback had a great arm and how accurate he was. Then I realized they were talking about Cory.  It’s a feeling I can’t express…definitely makes a mama proud.  He did have a great combine. I never saw him throw a bad pass.”

Still, despite having a favorable showing at the Southern Elite Combine, Cory Gill hinted that it is essential he continues to assume the business-like approach.

In other words, he emphasized his primary focus is to continue to upgrade his mechanics, worthy advice he acknowledged was given to him by scouts and recruiting analysts.

CREAM OF THE CROP --- While at Ole Miss last week, Gill was the only prep quarterback that placed in the top 30 among more than 190 the prospects around the country.

CREAM OF THE CROP — While at Ole Miss last week, Gill was the only prep quarterback that placed in the top 30 among more than 190 the prospects around the country.

“The coaches told me about the stuff I needed to work on,” Cory Gill said. “The mechanics I must work on is following through on my throw and my footwork.”

After an impressive showing at his latest combine, Cory Gill said he’s confident he will fine tune the necessary skills in time for what figures to be a remarkable senior season, one in which he is expected to pick up where he left off last year.

In his second full season as a starter, Gill was the catalyst of coach Toby Greene’s Cottonwood team that recovered from a midseason three-game winless streak and clinched a trip to the Alabama Class 2A playoffs. In engineering the Bears to a 6-5 finish, Gill demonstrated why college scouts have taken notice of his keen ability to manage a spread offense.

Gill amassed a career-best 2,574 passing on 183 of 325 attempts while throwing 27 touchdowns and 11 interceptions, which were best among Alabama quarterbacks.

To his credit, he has garnered interests from an array of colleges, most notably Tennessee, Auburn, Southern Miss, Samford, South Alabama, Alabama State, West Alabama, Florida, Florida International, Troy, Mercer, Western Kentucky, Appalachian State, Jacksonville State, and Furman, among others, he said.

Such a list is expected to increase as early as before his season season, according to his mother, who spoke with a number of analysts during last week’s combine.

“(Several 247 Sports representatives) stopped me to tell me how great he was doing,” Jennifer said. “They said he could really sling that football. Cory is a very hard worker and is very competitive. He doesn’t like to not be the best at what he does, so he works twice as hard when the competition is there.”

That was evident at his latest combine appearance, a trend that continues to impress scouts.

DreColumnAndre Johnson is a senior writer for MemphiSport. To reach Johnson, email him at andre@memphisport.net. Also, follow him on Twitter @AJ_Journalist.

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