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Highland Springs football standout Kelvin Gilliam commits to Oklahoma

Posted at 4:44 PM, Aug 25, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-25 21:06:05-04

RICHMOND, VA -- Kelvin Gilliam and Damond Harmon dreamed of being college teammates but wasn't sure if it would happen.

But as fate would have it, the Highland Springs football standouts will be together again at Oklahoma.

"We were never a package deal," Gilliam explained. "He knew I was going to Oklahoma and I knew he was going to Oklahoma but never a package deal."

Kelvin chose the Sooners over Penn State and South Carolina with his Mom and Dad by his side, who both celebrated birthdays over the weekend. His Mom's birthday was Saturday and his Dad's was Sunday.

"It was one of the most important dates coming up in the month of August," said Gilliam. "The next day is going to be my dad's birthday so this is a big weekend for me and my family. Just thought it would be appropriate to announce my college decision."

For the second time this month, Oklahoma's coaching staff, which includes former Virginia Tech Assistant Shane Beamer, came to the Richmond area and snagged the number one rated defensive end in the state.

"Oklahoma had everything that I wanted out of university," Gilliam stated. "I wanted to go in and play multiple positions. That's how you get to the next level is to play multiple positions. So first they will have me at defensive end, defensive tackle, might see me standing up sometime, so they had that natural fit for me."