Westlake Village (Calif.) Oaks Christian appears to be a hot-bed for Division-I talent once again heading into the 2007 recruiting season. With five players already receiving offers from various schools the attention centered around the high school has grown increasingly widespread.
Junior safety prospect Anthony Gildon has had his share of attention as of late. He has received mail from coast-to-coast from such schools as Oregon State, Boston College, Northwestern, Nebraska and Michigan State along with offers from Kentucky and Mississippi State. With attention continuing to spread he has made sure he takes advantage of the opportunities he has had.
"Last week I went to Arizona for a couple trips," Gildon said. "We went to Arizona, Arizona State, and then we all went up to UNLV. I went with my teammates, Casey Matthews and Michael Ebbitt. We got to meet and talk to the coaches at those schools and it was a good experience for us."
Arizona and Nevada are not the only two schools states he has made his way to. With Junior Days popping up across the country he and a few of his teammates managed to make it to the southeast for one visit.
"I went to the Tennessee Junior Day a few weeks ago," he said. "Me and a few teammates flew out there so that was a real fun trip. We got to meet with the people there and it was cool to see everything they have to offer."
With a plan to visit Oregon and Oregon State unofficially in the near future, it appears Gildon will have a good idea of the schools before he begins to narrow his list, which has been his plan from the beginning of the process.
"I'm going to take as many unofficial visits as possible," he said, "before I take my officials so I can trim down my list and visit the schools I really want to visit. Distance doesn't matter to me as long as I feel comfortable there."
While there are several slight factors involved in the selection process for Gildon there are a few things which will prove to be more important than others in the end.
"The biggest factor will be if they have my major," he admitted. "It's included in health sciences and deals with sports medicine. If I can find that and have a chance to go in and play early on then it's probably where I'll end up."
Gildon plans to take as much time as he needs before making his final decision.