Pass-Rusher Likes Texas

Spring pass-rusher Lonzell Gilmore hopes to learn more about Texas, and the new staff, on his Junior Day visit.

Spring defensive end Lonzell Gilmore has a game so nice, the Longhorns invited him twice to Junior Day.

"One came in my mailbox, and the second one I was in school, the coach took me from his class and gave me the UT invite," Gilmore said. "It was just a really big deal. He told me 'good for you' and said that I should go."

"I was very excited," Gilmore said. "The whole UT change in style … I was a prospect for UT before with Mack Brown, but I thought (the new coaches) would drop all the (previous) prospects."

Gilmore said he hasn't been able to talk with the new staff yet, but said that former Longhorn defensive ends coach Oscar Giles loved his speed rush.

"He said I'm a fast defensive end, and that most DEs don't have my speed," Gilmore said. "I have really long arms, and I know how to extend."

Gilmore's speed and his ability to use his hands to keep defenders off his body is intriguing for a player who stands 6-foot-3 and weighs 210 pounds. His size has teams wondering whether he'll bulk into a 4-3 end at the next level, or be a really good 3-4 outside linebacker.

"The Texas A&M DC came by and said I would be a perfect 3-4 OLB," Gilmore said. "I don't really mind which one I play. I just love defense. I don't really care what position, just defense is my best area."

Gilmore has also received interest from Northwestern and Colorado State so far in the process.

His road to this point is a bit different than most. His sophomore year, Gilmore was slated to be a second-team player when the player in front of him on the depth chart quit.

"So I got a starting position, and everything just happened," Gilmore said. "I was starting on varsity, and everybody just started to tell me I was good at it."

Gilmore said he's looking forward to his Junior Day visit to the 40 Acres this weekend. He's looking for a school that is strong in graphic design, his major of choice, and he said he's looking forward to seeing Texas from "the college point of view."

"I've been to UT before, but just on the field," Gilmore said. "I didn't really sit back and take a look at the college."

Gilmore said he also wants to start to establish a relationship with the new staff.

"Meeting Charlie Strong is a big thing for me," Gilmore said. "It's a different experience to see him on TV. I just want to see how he looks and what he's like."

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