By Armando Barry After only two days of being officially apart of the NCAA transfer portal, former Kentucky freshman QB Amani Gilmore has joined the Mean Green. Gilmore only played one game in his first year as a Wildcat, which means he will be able to maintain a redshirt status next year, barring any NCAA rule changes.
The 6'2" quarterback has a background as a versatile athlete starting out in high school having played baseball and basketball, along with football in which he starred. During his senior year, Gilmore led his high school football team to a 2A Louisiana State Championship victory and was named the Most Outstanding Player. Gilmore’s dual threat capabilities at the quarterback position were revered by one of his former teammates, Kentucky DB Van Hiles, who said, "If he keeps progressing, he is special...He is left-handed and has a great arm. He has great straight line speed.” With only one year as a Wildcat, Gilmore did not get the chance to play many games in the SEC, but will be able to compete for North Texas against those power five conference schools, as the Mean Green are scheduled to play at Texas A&M, on September 12th, and at Missouri in the 2021 season.
Last night, Head Coach Seth Littrell took it to himself to welcome their latest transfer to North Texas in a tweet, introducing Gilmore to the Mean Green Family as a baller, leader, and competitor. With three more years of eligibility and being under the tutelage of Coach Littrell, Gilmore’s future at North Texas could lead to him becoming exactly what Hiles described -- special. This new face joining the competition for the spot as Mason Fine’s successor is only further heating the search for the next great Mean Green QB. Photos courtesy of Mean Green Athletics and CollegeFootballTalk