Gilmore: "I don't know what will happen"

Florida has reached into North Carolina to snare some of the top prospects in the country over the last few years and continue to try and raid the Tar Heel State. One of the best to come out of the entire region is's #8 defensive tackle nationally Greg Gilmore of Hope Mills South View. Gilmore spoke to us this weekend and says the Gators are one of four that stand a real shot right now.

Florida paid a visit to Gilmore last week and got an eye full of a 6-4, 270 pound man that plays varsity tennis for his high school team.

"Coach Dan Quinn and Coach D.J. Durkin came by last week," Greg Gilmore said. "They really just want me to get down there. They can't say too much to me, but they watched me play a tennis match.

"We lost, but I displayed some good stuff from what they said. This is my first year for the school but I have played for a while now. My uncle liked to play tennis a lot and when I lived with him in New Jersey for a month."

When asked about Florida and the reported leader LSU, Gilbert had a somewhat middle of the road response.

"Florida is one of my top teams and LSU is one of my top schools," he said. "I have a good relationship with the coach (at LSU). They need to take a lot of guys. I may be in the two deep or rotate with nine or ten or even redshirted. It is a good situation and I like the coaches, but I just know that if I go down there to see Florida I don't know what will happen."

For the Gators, they have displayed to Gilmore just how much they need him as they move to improve back to the elite status the fans and players are used to in Gainesville.

"They say that they are in a rebuilding period right now," Gilmore said repeating the Florida coach mantra. "They started their first year of recruiting last year in 2012. They had a pretty decent line class in 2012 and my feeling is that they can't do it all in one year, they are going to need another good 2013 class and then maybe we could start doing something."

Quinn coaches the defensive line and is also the defensive coordinator and let Gilmore know why he is interested in the big fellow.

"Coach Quinn likes that I have a good motor and that he can just see the intensity level that I play with through the film," he said. "He can also see the way I carry myself on film.

Another school definitely in the mix is Clemson. The Tigers are relatively close to home and offer up their own things to like for Gilmore.

"Clemson is a college town," he said. "Everyone there loves the school and all the sports. They produce really good defensive linemen and take care of their defensive linemen. The defensive line coach has great experience."

The last school Gilmore mentioned is Ole Miss. The Rebels are under construction right now with new head coach Hugh Freeze along with assistant coach Chris Kiffin that is recruiting Gilmore.

"Ole Miss is a fairly new team in terms of the coaching staff. They have Coach Freeze and Coach Kiffin," he said. "If they have a really good 2013 class I think they can do something."

His final decision will be based on a few things.

"I think it will be based on the situation at the school. Coach Rumph (from Alabama) was here at the school," he said. "Alabama does want to get some of the best guys, but in my opinion I like the situation at LSU, Florida, Clemson, and Ole Miss better. They need defensive linemen and want me. The situation based on I how feel when I get there and how I like it. It will be based on coaching experience at the place I want to go."

There may be a change in plans for Gilmore as to when he will make any kind of decision public.

"I just signed my papers to the US Army All-American Game," he said. "I was thinking about committing early if I take a couple of more visits. But, now maybe I will commit at the game or something."

Eventually the plan is to make it to Florida, but there is no set date yet.

"I can't take my officials until the first day of class," he said. "I am trying to go as fast as possible to get there and see what Florida is all about."

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