By Alex Byington
Harker Heights Herald
J.T. Gilmore didn't mind the wait.
It was the uncertainty that was hard to bear.
As teammates and district rivals saw their dreams come true, the recent Harker Heights graduate finally felt he too was on the verge of signing to play Division I ball as his high school career came to a close.
"I knew I would have somewhere to play, so I was just waiting out my turn," Gilmore said. "I wasn't too much in a hurry to jump the gun and (sign) somewhere. I knew if I waited it out I'd have somewhere to go too."
That is until he was thrown a nasty curveball with the resignation of longtime Texas-San Antonio head coach Sherman Corbett in late May.
"It was a little nerve-wracking. I was getting a little antsy of course, but I'm just really happy it turned out the way it did and I ended up getting to go where I wanted to go," Gilmore said.
It wasn't until recently-named head coach James Marshall, who was chasing Gilmore in the first place as the Roadrunners' lead recruiter, was promoted from an interim basis on June 18 that Gilmore knew where he'd be playing college ball.
"He wasn't sure if he was going to stay or go, so I was kind of waiting it out with him," Gilmore said. "And then he got the head coaching job, so I was pretty sure that's where I was going."
Gilmore signed his letter of intent to UTSA late last month and has been riding high ever since. The ex-Knights outfielder is currently in Missouri playing for the Waco Storm, a Central Texas select team, at the Premier Baseball Senior Championship tournament in Springfield. Joining him there is former Belton standout and Dallas Baptist-bound Max Hogan.
"It's kind of bittersweet (because) it's kind of the last time I'll play with some of the CenTex guys like Max ... but I'm just going to have fun with it and enjoy the whole process," Gilmore said.
While waiting for the Roadrunners' coaching situation to work itself out, Gilmore entertained other college possibilities, but none of them were as appealing as UTSA.
"When it came down to it, UTSA has the major that I want (to pursue), I have the best relationship their coach and I feel like I have the best chance to go in there and make a difference and really fit in with that group of guys," Gilmore said.
A two-time first-team all-district honoree, Gilmore was also a two-time Daily Herald All-Area first-team player after finishing second on the team with a .343 batting average, while leading the way with a .496 on-base percentage and 12 stolen bases this season.
"Its just nice to know that all the work that I've put in, all the sacrifices I've made are starting to pay off," he said.