North Texas adds SEC quarterback transfer

By Hoss McBain

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North Texas added a commitment from Kentucky quarterback transfer Amani Gilmore on Wednesday night. 

Gilmore is projected to sit out the 2020 season and have three years of eligibility remaining in 2021. However, the NCAA is considering a one-time immediate eligibility transfer waiver; it’s unclear whether the decision will impact athletes for the upcoming 2020 season. 

Gilmore was a three-star recruit from Amite, La., who picked the Wildcats over an offer from Tennessee. He redshirted his first season on campus. In high school, Gilmore led Amite to the Louisiana 2A state championship and posted 366 yards in the state title game. He’s listed at 6-foot-2 and 202 pounds. 

Gilmore enters a crowded quarterback room at North Texas. He is the fifth scholarship quarterback on the roster, all of whom are redshirt sophomores or younger. Sophomores Jason Bean and Austin Aune are considered the frontrunners to replace the departed Mason Fine. 

Amite coach Zephaniah Powell gave Kentucky a scouting report when he signed: “Throws the ball very well, is very accurate. Can stay in the pocket, can beat you with his arm from the pocket and also can beat you with his legs from out of the pocket. Very good high IQ when it comes to football. He is a gym rat, loves to lift, loves to work out."

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