Deryk Gilmore is a certified contract advisor and one of the Managing Partners for Priority Sports and Entertainment. Prior to joining the Priority team, Deryk was involved with college athletics for over 15 years working in football as a Recruiting Coordinator and Director of Football Operations in both the Big Ten and Pac Ten conferences. A New York City native, Gilmore lettered and played defensive tackle for the Penn State Nittany Lions, a member of the 1986 National Championship Team. After graduating from college, Gilmore went on to the University of Illinois where he began his work in football evaluating and recruiting the top high school players in the country.
Developing unique strategies to market high school prospects, Gilmore helped the Illini recruit players that would take Illinois to the first major bowl game in 10 years. Deryk was then hired by the University of Oregon where he led the Ducks to a top 10 recruiting class in football and top 5 class in basketball, their highest ranked classes in the program’s history. Gilmore worked with the Oregon team to create the well known Heisman campaign in Times Square promoting Joey Heisman. Gilmore, known for his creative marketing strategies has been featured in a number of sports publications such as Sports Illustrated and ESPN the Magazine.
As a sports agent Gilmore represents 14 NFL players including 4 first rounders and of which includes Pro Bowler and Super Bowl starting DT, Haloti Ngata who was the highest paid player in team sports in 2012. Gilmore also represents the 11th overall pick in the 2013 NFL Draft, OT San Diego Chargers DJ Fluker and most recently Mike Evans who was the 7th overall pick in the 2014 NFL Draft. Gilmore who is passionate about life after football created the PLAN program that was featured on Fox News and by Peter King as one of the few agencies addressing the problem of life after sports. Deryk has a Bachelor of Science from Penn State in Agribusiness Management and an MBA in Operations and MS in Sports Marketing from the University of Illinois. He and his wife Camille who is a VP with Boston Scientific, live in Atlanta, GA, with their sons Dantae’ and Deion. Deryk and his wife, Camille, were recently profiled in Essence Magazine.
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