Four-star defensive tackle Greg Gilmore (Hope Mills, N.C./South View) will make his college choice known to the world during a 5:30 p.m. Thursday announcement on ESPNU.
This much we know for certain. The 6-foot-4, 290-pounder, who moves exceptionally well for a prospect his size, will head to the Southeastern Conference, the league where droves of prospects that have his physical dimensions flock each and every recruiting cycle.
Gilmore is expected to pick LSU or Florida. Gilmore, who was selected for the 2013 Under Armour All-American Game, has been on the radar of major college programs since completing a stellar junior season and then performing well at the U.S. Army All-American Combine last January in San Antonio. Gilmore named LSU his leader back in April, shortly after an unofficial visit to Baton Rouge and the Tigers have been considered the team to beat ever since.
Beating the Gators on Tar Heel State prospect has not been the easiest accomplishment of late. In the Class of 2012, Florida inked four North Carolina prospects, including two 247Composite five-star prospects, offensive tackle D.J. Humphries and defensive end Jonathan Bullard. Both are seeing significant action for Florida this season.
Rankings and Ratings
Gilmore is ranked as the No. 99 overall prospect in the country according to the 247Composite, which weighs equally the rankings and ratings of media outlets that cover recruiting, which makes him the No. 8 defensive tackle and the No. 4 overall prospect in the state of North Carolina. He is rated 0.9540, which equates to four stars. 247Sports ranks Gilmore as the No. 112 overall prospect nationally, the No. 8 defensive tackle and the No. 3 prospect in North Carolina. He is rated 94, which equates to four stars.
Five significant events
March 31, 2012- Gilmore takes an unofficial visit to LSU
April 18, 2012- Gilmore publicly names LSU his leader
June 9, 2012- Gilmore camps at Florida
Sept. 22, 2012- Gilmore officially visits Florida
Nov. 3. 2012- Gilmore officially visits LSU
247Sports Keith Niebuhr this week “273-pound 4-star DT Greg Gilmore tells me he's playing a lot of tennis right now. The reason? He's trying to improve his footwork 4 football” (@Niebuhr247). ....Geaux247’s Shea Dixon following Gilmore’s visit to LSU “2013 four-star DT Greg Gilmore on his #LSU visit: "It was definitely a 10 out of 10". Announces his decision on Thursday.” (@sheadixon). ... TigerBait.com’s Mike Scarbrough following Gilmore’s LSU visit “Coach Les Miles and his wife were awesome," Thomasinna Gilmore said (@scarboroughmike). ...Greg Gilmore on Oct. 30 “im really liking #Florida .i can see myself playing there” (@The_GilmoreEra) via Michael Clark of Scout.com (@clarkbmichael). ...Dennis Dodd of CBSSports on Oct. 28 “Sitting on plane next 2 OU recruit from NC who wants no part of home st. Leaning toward LSU.” (@dennisdoddcbs).
The first thing that stands out about Gilmore is his first step. He has a very quick first step/initial movement for his size. He's also quick and active working along and down the line of scrimmage, and shows the ability and motor to pursue the ball. He also displays impressive natural strength at the point of attack. He makes more plays currently with the use of his quickness, natural strength and ability to chase and pursue than through technique and leverage winning pad level. That athletic ability, along with the upside from a technique and pad level standpoint is what makes him one of the most coveted defensive tackle prospects in the country.
- Gerry Hamilton
Since the spring, most observers of recruiting have penciled in Gilmore as part of the 2013 LSU class. He’s maintained that the Tigers were out in front both publicly and privately for nearly eight months. LSU also had the last crack at him when he visited Baton Rouge officially last weekend for the biggest game of the season- a thrilling 21-17 loss to top-ranked Alabama. On top of that, LSU defensive coordinator John Chavis, a native of Dillon, S.C. (50 miles down I-95 from Hope Mills, N.C.) has been recruiting this area for most of his storied career. Indeed most of the signs point to the Tigers. That being said, Florida has made it interesting, D.J. Durkin is definitely no slouch on the recruiting trail, either, so the Gators are a factor heading into Thursday’s decision. They likely won’t be enough of one, though. THE PICK- LSU 75 percent
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