Citra (Fla.) North Marion junior running back Jamie Gilmore still remembers when he got his first offer, which came from Maryland over the summer.
"It just lets you know that your hard work is paying off," Gilmore said.
Since that time, his list of offers has expanded to a foursome.
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"Maryland, Troy, Marshall, and Duke have offered me," Gilmore said. "I talk to a couple of coaches through e-mail but I haven't got out to see them or anything like that."
The 5-foot-8, 175-pound running back is hoping to take his talents on the road this summer and check out a few of the schools that have offered as well as others that are interested.
"I plan to do a few camps this summer," Gilmore said. "I want to get out and see a few different schools."
North Marion's season ended this past weekend when they lost to Ocala (Fla.) Vanguard in the playoffs. As would be expected, Gilmore was upset about the loss but it didn't take away from what the Colts accomplished during the 2010 season.
"We came up short but we still accomplished a lot," Gilmore said. "A lot of people were doubting us because we lost a lot of key players after last season but we made it to the second round. Unfortunately we lost but we also had a lot of good times this season."
As for Gilmore, he is a solid contributor in both the ground game and as a receiver out of the backfield. He is working to become the best player he can possibly be at the running back spot.
"I feel like I have continued to get better," Gilmore said of his junior season. "My coach is always giving me my goods and my bads after every game. I just try to develop from that each week."
With the offseason upon him, Gilmore is focused on getting better on and off the field to return as a senior and lead North Marion even further.
"Right now I just want to become a better leader," Gilmore said. "I want to become more vocal and better at getting everybody hyped. I want to be a leader on and off the field."
As a junior, Gilmore eclipsed 2,000 all-purpose yards and scored 22 touchdowns.