Steven Gilmore (© Michael Clark)

Cardinals extended three-star cornerback Steven Gilmore a scholarship offer on Wednesday

South Carolina's top-rated cornerback now holds a Louisville offer

Rock Hill (S.C.) South Pointe cornerback Steven Gilmore is quickly becoming one most sought-after prospects at his position in the region and saw Louisville join the pursuit on Wednesday.

"I was appreciative because I been wanting that offer," he told Cardinal Authority shortly after learning of the offer.  "I know that their program is moving in a positive direction."

The 5-foot-11, 185-pound defensive back also holds FBS offers from Duke, East Carolina, Georgia and home-state South Carolina.  A number of others, including multiple ACC programs are also expressing high interest.

The Cardinals interest spiked when Lorenzo Ward joined the staff as secondary coach.  The two had built a prior relationship while Ward was on the Gamecocks staff and have remained in frequent contact since.

Per Gilmore, Ward informed him of the scholarship offer and claims the two have a healthy relationship.

"It's a good one because I know about him and he really shows interests," he said.

Scout ranks Gilmore among the top 100 cornerbacks nationally and No. 37 in the south.  A rising three-star propsect, he's the No. 1 cornerback in South Carolina.

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