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DB Commit Tobias Gilliam is Cash Money

Gilliam during Wayne’s last loss, the Division I (Ohio’s largest division) State Championship vs. St. Edwards. They’ll likely have an opportunity to exact revenge at the end of the year against the nationally ranked foe. (Dispatch photo by Barbara Perenic)

Gilliam during Wayne's last loss, the Division I (Ohio's largest division) State Championship vs. St. Edwards. They'll likely have an opportunity to exact revenge at the end of the year against the nationally ranked foe. (Dispatch photo by Barbara Perenic)

Gilliam during Wayne’s last loss, the Division I (Ohio’s largest division) State Championship vs. St. Edwards. They’ll likely have an opportunity to exact revenge at the end of the year against the nation’s #11 team. (Dispatch photo by Barbara Perenic)

A defensive back in the 2016 recruiting class, Tobias Gilliam is referred to as “Cash” by his close friends.  It’s because the man is money.

Gilliam is one of the best defensive players for one of the best teams in the nation.  Playing deep safety as the de facto centerfielder, he prevents big plays, while making a few of his own for an excellent defense.  The Wayne High School Warriors are 7th in the Nation according to Max Preps and 14th in the USA Today Super 25.

Wayne’s defense doesn’t give up many rushing yards (11 in the last game isn’t out of the ordinary), daring QBs to throw it around Gilliam.  It takes almost no time to understand why Stoops wants him at Kentucky.  The Pick Six to open his highlight reel is elite athleticism at its finest.  You also quickly understand why they don’t allow many rushing yards.  If the rusher somehow gets into open space, he reacts so quickly and accelerates through the runner.

The quintessential quality for a deep safety is the ability to instinctually react, changing direction on a dime.  Gilliam has the instincts Stoops loves in his secondary.

His season still has a few more playoff wins ahead, but sit back and enjoy the show he’s put on so far this season.

Don’t jut take it from me.  Here’s what Freddie Maggard said after watching his film:

Versatile defensive back that has played field corner, man to man on slot, and safety. Cerebral in action, instinctively locates and highpoints the football. Can play a variety of positions in college. Physically developed enough to immediately compete for playing time. Immediate burst from break to point of football action. Well coached and fundamentally ahead of the game.

The Cats already have a lot of young talent in the secondary, but Stoops is building something special with his preferred position group.

Article written by Nick Roush

"Look upon the doughnut, and not upon the hole." @RoushKSR

4 Comments for DB Commit Tobias Gilliam is Cash Money



  1. cayts23
    9:25 pm November 18, 2015 Permalink

    Don’t know how I feel about making a big deal about player nicknames. For example Patty Ice, we all know how that went. Dorian Baker “American Pharaoh” the only thing him and that horse have in common are that neither one of them have hands.



  2. UK Big Board Update
    9:40 pm November 18, 2015 Permalink

    Hope we can keep our recruits when the fans run Stoops out of town…

    Not likely.



  3. bigblueforever
    9:58 pm November 18, 2015 Permalink

    Cash Money will become Bounced Check after couple years being coached by our dumb*ss coaching staff. Hope he’s good at playing 25 yards off opposing team’s receivers, playing prevent on 3rd and 2, going 4-8 every year and maybe going to a toilet bowl because there aren’t enough 6 win teams to fill bowl spots. If so, come on down! Why Not??!!



  4. bigpops
    2:06 am November 19, 2015 Permalink

    So I take it Ohio State didn’t offer him?