LSU stays on top for Gilmore

LSU leads the way for Greg Gilmore, one of the nation's elite defensive linemen. With a decision date in mind, the Tigers look to hold onto the lead for the next two months.

Greg Gilmore, ranked as the nation's No. 8 defensive tackle, has seen his number of scholarship offers grow into double digits this spring.

But unlike many high school prospects being courted by schools from coast-to-coast, Gilmore has never had visions of carrying out his recruitment process beyond the time needed to make a decision – no milking the moment.

"When I know where I want to go, then I will make it be known," Gilmore said.

With a top three that includes LSU, Florida and Ole Miss, a program that recently bumped Clemson from his group of finalists, Gilmore said he is nearly ready to circle a date on the calendar when he will end his process.

"I am going to commit somewhere in June, because I want it all to happen before school starts back up," Gilmore said.

Unless another program makes a major push in the next two months, the favorite appears to be LSU.

"As of now, I am sure it's LSU," Gilmore said. "And that is honestly not going on hearsay. I have been down to the campus and know the coaches, and everything fits for me."

Gilmore made an unofficial visit to Baton Rouge on March 24, and shorty after returning home he named the Tigers the top team in the race for his services.

"It was a just a great visit; the best visit I have been on so far," Gilmore said. "I have been other places and haven't seen anything that would change my mind on wanting to go to LSU. It was a nice visit because I liked how it was a college-type environment, and then outside of campus, Baton Rouge is a nice place and everyone loves the team.

"I will see a couple more places and have all these coaches come through this spring, but by the summer I will be ready to wind it down with a decision."

What has helped push the Tigers to the front of the pack?

For starters, Gilmore said he's connected with everyone on the LSU staff, from the head coach to his position coach.

"I talk with Les Miles and Brick Haley and John Chavis, and then I reach out to some of the players, because I became friends with a couple guys after my visit to campus," Gilmore said.

"They are after me as much as they are Louisiana kids, and that has stood out to me. They have a couple Louisiana kids committed on the defensive line right now, but I think they need some guys from outside of the state. They need some top guys from out here on the East Coast, and that can be me."

Gilmore said making LSU his No. 1 school is made easier by the success of out-of-state talent on the defensive line that made Baton Rouge home in recent years, namely Sam Montgomery – a fellow native of the Carolinas – and Texas native Michael Brockers.

"I look at those guys and hear how they worked their way up at LSU, and I could see myself in that spot one day," Gilmore said. "I look at Michael Brockers coming out of high school, and I see that we were ranked by some services as the same type of prospect, and he put on the weight and became a big-time player under those coaches and on that defense.

"I feel like I could follow in those footsteps."

For now, the 6-foot-4 and 270 pound Gilmore will continue entertaining coaches at South View High in Hope Mills, N.C.

"A coach from Florida is coming (Tuesday) to watch my tennis match," Gilmore said. "I think LSU is coming in the next couple weeks. There should be plenty of teams that come through, so I will keep busy."

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