LSU staff goes to North Carolina

LSU defensive coordinator John Chavis visited with 2013 four-star defensive tackle Greg Gilmore last week.

With the LSU coaches out on the road for spring evaluations, the task list stretches from the obvious – evaluating prospects without offers – to the forgotten fights, such as keeping the committed prospects on board and away from opposing coaches looking to poach on the Tigers' early prizes.

Where does four-star defensive tackle Greg Gilmore, who remains uncommitted and holds an LSU offer, fit in?

Given that Gilmore has maintained the Tigers are his leader for more than a month, LSU continues to press in hopes of securing a verbal commitment before National Signing Day in February.

"I am definitely letting the coaches know where LSU stands, and they show me a lot of love and tell me I am someone they need and want in this class," Gilmore said.

"I call the coaches every other day. I call (defensive line) Coach Haley all the time, and he reassures me that whether I commit early or later, I am the guy they want. (Defensive coordinator) Coach Chavis says the same stuff."

Chavis, a native of Dillon, S.C., hopped on a flight last week, where his first visit was to South View High in Hope Mills, N.C. – home of Gilmore.

"Coach Chavis stopped by the school in the morning while I was in class, then he came back by and watched me after school," Gilmore said. "We don't have spring football in North Carolina, but we are out there doing offensive and defensive linemen drills, even without pads.

"It was good to see (Chavis) again and have him get over here to my school. After my campus visit (March 24), we have gotten really close. That's been big for me because I feel comfortable with LSU."

The Tigers, who have nine Louisiana commitments for 2013 but none from outside the state, are pressing Gilmore to join the group early and help build the class with other out-of-state talent.

"If I could commit early, then I can help get other defensive linemen and stuff like that," Gilmore said. "I am friends with guys like Montravious Adams (five-star prospect and the No. 1 DT). I texted him this past weekend."

Gilmore recently said he wanted to shut his process down in June or July, giving him the opportunity to focus solely on football and academics in the fall.

While that remains the plan, the public might not know where Gilmore will end up until January.

"I have been nominated for the Army All-American game, so if I take that and announce on television, I would like to make that big splash for my school," Gilmore said. "But to make sure that coaches knew how I felt, I think I would do a silent commit, where I could call a coach and tell him I want to commit behind closed doors."

What has Gilmore in position, as of now, to pick the Tigers?

"I enjoyed my experience on campus and my relationships with the coaches are really tight," Gilmore said. "And they need defensive linemen. What gets me with LSU is that they are losing maybe six guys. I think I could come in and compete and play early on."

The two other visits Gilmore is anxious to take are both in the SEC.

"I do want to get down to Florida, and then see Ole Miss, but I won't go Ole Miss unless it is an official," he said. "That's a long way to travel on my own money.

"The LSU trip was an exception."

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