UGA target opts to go elsewhere

Blake Gillikin went to G-Day this spring at Sanford Stadium. ( Gillikin)

Blake Gillikin went to G-Day this spring at Sanford Stadium. ( Gillikin)

Westminster rising senior Blake Gillikin decided to make it an extra special Father’s Day for his family. The 6-foot-1, 180-pound punter committed to Penn State over Georgia and Northwestern.

Gillikin was offered by UGA on June 11. He made at least one trip to Athens since then. He wasn’t able to add to a recruiting board that has seen some regression over the last two weeks. North Carolina RB B.J. Emmons de-committed on June 11 and Archer offensive tackle E.J. Price also decided to reopen his recruiting process last week.

The mainstream recruiting services (247sports, Rivals, Scout) don’t really populate their national rankings when it comes to punters and kickers, but Gillikin is rated No. 4 nationally on Check out his profile page and synopsis here.

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KohlsKicking notes the ball jumps off his foot and was impressed but his steps and natural rhythm. It also touted his confidence and competitive streak who likes a big stage. Their evaluation is he’ll be one of the best punters in the 2016 signing class.

A big plus for Gillikin is his athletic ability. He plays multiple varsity sports. Gillikin has a 4.0 GPA and has only made one B in his life (an 89 for one semester of English). He averaged 39.7 yards on 43 punts, including five punts of 50 yards or mote. He also had 19 punts downed inside the 20-yard line.

Gillikin is actually a twin. His brother Tyler is also a long snapper at Westminster.


Jeff Sentell covers UGA recruiting for and The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Follow him on Twitter for the latest on who’s on their way to play Between the Hedges.