Gammill signs to play for University of Mary Hardin-Baylor

LLANO — Since he suited up for the Llano High School varsity football team, senior lineman Josh Gammill loved playing under the Friday night lights. Now he looks forward to playing on Saturdays.

The Yellowjacket signed a letter of intent to play football for the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor and made it official Friday.

“I can’t imagine what it’s going to be like next year,” he said with a grin. “I’ve been in Llano all my life.”

Gammill said committing to UMHB was easy after he spent nearly two hours talking to offensive line coach Joe George.

“He’s looking for a lot of stuff from me,” he said.

Head coach Pete Fredenburg used to be at Belton High School before taking over at the university, which is a member of the American Southwest Conference.

“He’s been with UMHB since they started winning so much,” Gammill said.

The 6-foot 2-inch, 300-pound lineman, who runs the 40-yard dash in five seconds, said UMHB has a similar offense to the method Llano uses, the S lot-T.

The Crusaders also have fast running backs to complement the offensive philosophy, just like the Yellowjackets.

“I think I’ll be all right,” Gammill said. “I’m fast and strong.”

The lineman said he was recruited to play on both sides of the ball but expects to focus on offense, since defensive coordinators want their linemen to have a little more speed.

“I’m not so fast and quick right now,” he said. “They think the best thing to do is put me on the offensive line.”

The people associated with the team have a feeling of family, which appealed to the Yellowjacket, he said.

“I’m a small-town guy in a small school,” he said. “They have a great team. They’ve won a couple of conference championships. I went and checked it out.”

Another reason Gammill committed to the Crusaders was because their goal each year is to dominate NCAA Division III.

“They look to win the national title,” he said.

Llano head coach and athletic director David Yeager said he spoke with UMHB coaches.

“They’re very excited about getting Josh to play out there,” he said. “He’s not afraid of hard work. He’s a soft piece of clay that can be molded. He’ll do whatever it takes to get it done.”

The son of C.J. and Ben Gammill will pursue a degree in criminal justice and wants to be a police officer in Austin, following in the footsteps of uncle Darrell Fulbright and cousin Kyle Sargent.

Gammill was a two-year letterman for the Yellowjackets.

“I love Llano, and I love playing for them,” he said. “The relationships I’ve built are unbelievable. We’ve sweat and bled together.”

But now the lineman looks forward to competing on the next level.

“I’m ready for the challenge,” he said.

jfierro@thepicayune.com

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