Highland Springs 4-star defensive end Kelvin Gilliam commits to Oklahoma

Zack Poff | MaxPreps.com Saturday, August 22, 2020 7:00pm

Virgina's third-rated player from Class of 2021 joins five-time defending Big 12 champs.

Four-star defensive end Kelvin Gilliam of Highland Springs (Va.) announced his commitment on Saturday to Oklahoma on CBS HQ. He chose the Sooners over Penn State and South Carolina becoming the 14th commit of Oklahoma's Class of 2021 so far.

The 6-foot-3, 250-pounder is the No. 7 weak-side defensive and third-rated player from Virginia in the Class of 2021, according to 247Sports composite rankings. He is rated No. 104 overall.

Gilliam finished his junior season with 45 tackles, 17 tackles for loss and seven sacks while helping lead the Springers to an 11-1 record.

Highland Springs was set to begin the season as the No. 1 team in the state before Virginia moved football to the spring. The Springers have won four 5A state titles since 2015, including Gilliam's freshman and sophomore year.

The Virginia High School League Athletics voted to move fall sports starting Feb. 15 and ending May 1.

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He joins his high school teammate, Damond Harmon, in a loaded 2021 cycle for Oklahoma that's led by the top-rated quarterback in the country — Caleb Williams of Gonzaga (Washington, D.C.).

Gilliam is the seventh 4-star to commit with the Sooners joining Plant City's (Fla.) Mario Williams, Foster's (Richmond, Texas) Cody Jackson, Texas' (Texarkana, Texas) Clayton Smith, LBJ's (Austin, Texas) Latrell McCutchin, Weatherford's (Okla.) Ethan Downs, and Jefferson's (Portland) Nathan Rawlins-Kibonge.