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Gullum eyes titles at Vintage

Vintage lineman Preston Gullum practices at a Giant Skillz Athletics Showcase. Chris Jackson / Staff Photo
Vintage lineman Preston Gullum practices at a Giant Skillz Athletics Showcase. Chris Jackson / Staff Photo

As soon as Preston Gullum strapped on the pads, he knew football was for him.

“I was roughly around 8 years old when I started playing, and I’ve just loved it and never stopped,” Gullum said.

From early times to now, the Vintage junior lineman has built himself a reputation as one of the top players in the region at his position – particularly during the course of this offseason.

Gullum – who has been a star performer at numerous showcases in what has been an extended offseason amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, notably at the Xclusive Speed Bay Top 100, the National Preps Collegiate and Giant Skillz Athletics showcases – has dominated on and off the gridiron over these past few months.

The Vintage standout said at the National Preps Collegiate Showcase that he has gained 15 pounds since his sophomore season concluded.

“Trying to get as much muscle as possible, as much mass,” Gullum said. “I’ve grown a few inches, and I’ve just been trying to work hard and get my agility up, too.”

And, before standing out over these past few months at numerous camps and showcases, Gullum was standing out for Vintage as a young sophomore at the varsity level.

Vintage averaged 220.7 rushing yards per game and 6.5 yards per carry in 2019 as part of an offensive attack that scored 33 points per game, including four efforts of 40-plus points and one performance of 58.

The Crushers ended up with a 10-2 record overall record, went undefeated in the Vine Valley League gauntlet advanced to the North Coast Section Division II semifinals with Gullum and company.

No schools have offered Gullum, but he said schools have expressed interest during the recruiting process.

“I’ve gotten a few emails,” Gullum said. “No offers yet, but I’m going to keep my options open, try to see what I can get and see what happens from there.”

While Gullum and Vintage have already compiled a lot of success together, Gullum is eyeing more during these next two seasons after the Crushers have come oh-so-close with consecutive section semifinals trips.

With the extra few months before the regular season officially begins in January, maybe that will pay extra dividends to take that next step up the postseason ladder.

“Try and get that section championship,” Gullum said. “We’ve been close these past few years, gotten second and third but couldn’t pull through, but I’m trying to get that section championship.”

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