2013 LSU commit Greg Gilmore had an "awesome" experience at the Shrine Bowl of the Carolinas this past weekend.
But something had him a bit miffed in the days following the game, and it wasn't North Carolina's 23-19 loss to South Carolina.
"We lost by four (23-19), but it was all right," Gilmore said. "From what everybody says, I didn't do anything, but our defense was pretty stout."
After Gilmore impressed many reporters during practices leading up to the event, the four-star DT didn't have a breakout performance in the game. He played in a 3-4 scheme for the first time, and often faced double and triple teams from the nose tackle spot.
"I wasn't frustrated," Gilmore said. "I was all right with it until people started talking about how I didn't do anything at all. Our linebacker [North Carolina State commit Quinton Patterson] was the MVP, but it could've been me."
Aside from the criticism, Gilmore embraced the opportunity of playing in a new scheme, and had several chances to try things out of his comfort zone.
"It was a whole new defense for me," Gilmore said. "That was a fun part. I got to drop back in coverage one time, so I had a lot of fun."
The game also provided Gilmore with a glimpse into the future, as he and fellow LSU commit Lewis Neal landed in North Carolina's starting lineup.
"We were in the starting three, so every time I went down it was with him," Gilmore said. "We have good communication skills and we're real chill together. We'll come into LSU, and maybe he'll be one of my roommates. It will make the transition easier."
Something else that will help that transition will be Gilmore's boost in size. The 6-foot-5, 290-pound prospect has put on 20 pounds since his junior season and said it hasn't affected the way he plays, and he anticipates staying near that size at LSU.
"It depends on how it goes with my body, with the diet and workouts," Gilmore said. "I actually think I'll lose weight, because I'm at 20 percent body fat, and I need to get down to about 17 percent."
Gilmore received a pair of in-house visits from the LSU coaching staff during the contact period. Defensive line coach Brick Haley and defensive coordinator John Chavis each made the trip to Hope Mills, N.C., to see Gilmore, and Les Miles will visit in January.
"Everything's the same," Gilmore said. "It was all just conversations on where I'll play, and helping get everything figured out. [I'll play] in the three-technique inside…I'm hoping to play early. God forbid any injuries, but I'll be probably running with the twos if I show that I'm gracious and I can play good."
Gilmore doesn't have any trips to Baton Rouge scheduled yet for the coming months, but he said he does hope to make it in for the spring game.
Next up for Gilmore will be the Under-Armour All-American Game on Jan. 5 which will provide him another opportunity to show a national audience of how he's capable of playing.
"I'll be playing in a four-man front so I'll have an opportunity to make plays, and show up to everyone that said I didn't do anything [in the Shrine Bowl]," he said.
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