Curenski Gilleylen

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Curenski Gilleylan

WT, 6-0, 210, Leander, Texas (Leander HS)


The final piece in Nebraska's 2007 recruiting class was standout wide receiver Curenski Gilleylen (pronounced kur-en-ski gilley-yen). Gilleylen announced his intentions to join the Husker program less than two weeks before national signing day. He is one of seven Texans in the Huskers' 2007 class, Nebraska's largest group of recruits from the Lone Star State since also signing seven in 1989. Gilleylen boasts an excellent combination of size and speed, and is one of two highly touted wideout prospects in the 2007 class, joining Omaha native Niles Paul. The 6-0, 210-pound Gilleylen earned honorable-mention Texas Class 5A all-state honors as a senior. He was also a first-team All-Centex selection by the Austin American Statesman, was named to the HIll Country News' Dazzling Dozen Team, and was Leander's Outstanding Offensive Player. He helped Leander High School to a 12-3 record in 2006. Playing for Coach Steve Gidden, Gilleylen totaled 30 receptions for 915 yards and nine touchdowns. He also spent some time at running back and had about 500 yards rushing with another four touchdowns on the ground. Gilleylen also posted impressive numbers as a junior, catching more than 40 passes for 850 yards and 12 touchdowns to earn all-district honors and second-team all-state accolades. Gilleylen is ranked as a three-star prospect by both and SuperPrep Magazine lists the speedster as the No. 78 overall prospect in the state of Texas. In addition to his impressive football credentials, Gilleylen is also a standout on the track for Leander, competing in the 100 meters and on his school's 4x100-meter relay team. Gilleylen was also an honorable-mention academic all-state pick by the Texas High School Coaches Association. Gilleylen chose Nebraska over Oklahoma State and Tennessee. He is the son of Stephanie Sullivan and Clarzell Gilleylen and was born on March 15, 1989.


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