Gillon Earns STRONGER Award with Monster Day at Fortius Project
As the day went on last Saturday in Fulton, Miss., eventual STRONGER award winner, Trendon Gillon, proved himself early and often.
A rising senior two-way player, Gillon, showed out during drills. The numbers speak for themselves. His 40 yard dash time of 4.52 and 5-10-5 time of 4.38 finished better than all 39 other campers. He also broad jumped 9’8, which finished as the day's second best mark. The ICC coaching staff were quick to point out his improvements made rep by rep in 1-on-1’s and 7-on-7’s.
Now, Gillon is ready to take everything he soaked in from this past Saturday and polish it up in the offseason before taking the field in August.
“I just wanted to come out and compete with the best in hopes of being considered one of the best by the end of the day,” Gillon told SES Mississippi. “I would have liked to have run a faster 40, I know I can do it. My broad Jump was decent, but I feel like I could do better. I felt good running routes. As the summer progresses, I feel like I will get faster and stronger.
One of the many goals Gillon has set is to play at the next level. Getting a chance to work out up close and personal with ICC coaches gave him a glimpse into what that would be like.
“They were giving me positive feedback about my performance all day and that’s always a good thing when it’s coming from a college coach especially when that’s the next level I’m trying to achieve,” Gillon said.
The Fortius Project sets out to challenge athletes to challenge themselves to continually improve and strive to be better, both on an off the field. Gillon embraced that mission throughout the day and learned a lot. But at the end of the day, while listening to closing remarks from Fortius Project founder Webb Lewis, it really sank it.
“I thought about Webb saying ‘you have to continue to work hard and strive for a better future.’ So, even though I didn’t do as well as I thought I should that morning, making my mind up to go harder and not giving up helped me come out on top that day. I will continue to strive for better,” Gillon said. “What Webb said just really hit home because it’s something my parents and my coaches are always telling me. That is to work hard on and off the field, to be willing to go the extra mile when nobody is looking, to go harder everyday. That is just what I plan to do.”
As his senior year approaches, he will look to get stronger in the X’s and O’s aspect of his game.
“My dad and I have conversations about being a student of the game. So this off season, I’m focusing on trying to learn more about the position rather it’s outside or the slot,” Gillon said.