Greg Gilmore was the lone five-star prospect in LSU's 2013 class, according to the Scout ratings. As LSU continues to spread its recruiting footprint, Gilmore was a big get out of North Carolina and is poised to fill an immediate need at the DT position, which is desperately lacking depth heading into the 2013 season.
As part of TSD's series breaking down the 2013 signees, Hunter Paniagua looks back at what brought Gilmore to LSU, what he'll bring to John Chavis' defense and what impact he'll have in his freshman season.
Days after Signing Day 2012, the LSU staff turned its attention to the 2013 class and Gilmore was one of their first targets. LSU extended him an offer in early February 2012, and the Tigers immediately jumped near the top of his list. Gilmore took an unofficial visit to Baton Rouge later that spring and LSU remained his favorite heading into the summer. After some unofficial visits in June and July, Gilmore eventually narrowed it down to the three schools he'd visit officially — LSU, Florida and Oklahoma. Gilmore made all three trips during football season, coming to Baton Rouge for LSU's game against Alabama. After that visit, the Tigers seemed like a lock and Gilmore made it official with a nationally televised announcement on ESPNU on November 8.
The biggest thing Gilmore brings to the field will be his athleticism. Gilmore's quick feet will make him a handful for interior offensive lineman, and he his aggressiveness will make a nice compliment to his lateral ability. Gilmore, who played tennis in high school, moves well for someone in the 280-pound range and he should grow into a physically intimidating DT. As with all freshman defensive lineman, he'll need to improve his technique and explosion off the line, but at least on tape, he looks the part of someone that could step in and play in the SEC as a freshman.
As I mentioned earlier, LSU will be severely strapped for depth at DT, and will likely need a freshman to step in and fill out the rotation. Anthony Johnson and Ego Ferguson have a stronghold on the two starting spots, but the two returnees behind them — Quentin Thomas and Mickey Johnson — lack experience and could very well get passed up by someone like Gilmore. He does have the game to step in and play right away, and he'll compete with early enrollee Christian Lacouture for the majority of the playing time. Will Gilmore light the world on fire in 2013? Probably not, but only because it's so difficult for a freshman defensive lineman to excel immediately in the SEC. But Gilmore does have enough talent to make a legitimate impact in his freshman season.
Signee Update: Greg Gilmore
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