Publisher's Notes: Every weekday until the LSU football team reports for Fall Camp on Sunday, Aug. 4, TSD will unveil another player in our top 50 Tigers for the 2013 season. We arrived at this list by combining individual rankings from TSD's Austin Cooper, Ben Love and Hunter Paniagua. For example, a player who received a No. 1 vote got 50 points, a No. 2 vote got 49 points, and so on. Every player who received votes had his points totaled across all three individual lists, and the result was our final TSD ranking. All players, including incoming signees, were eligible for selection.
No. 36 – DT Greg Gilmore
The second straight true freshman defensive lineman on the countdown, Gilmore comes to Baton Rouge from Hope Mills, N.C., with a world of expectations. According to Scout.com, he was LSU's only five-star signee in the 2013 class. Gilmore, listed at 6-foot-4 and 275 pounds, was ranked the top player in the Tarheel state, the No. 5 defensive tackle in the nation and an Under Armour All American. His pedigree entering the college ranks is impressive.
The question now is: What kind of player will Gilmore be in purple and gold? Many have him as the Tigers' best incoming defensive tackle in the class, ahead of Christian Lacouture (No. 37 on our list) and Maquedius Bain. He'll have a chance to prove it beginning this August. One area where Gilmore will likely have to work to keep up – weight. Listed at 275 pounds, he's 11 pounds lighter than Bain and 15 pounds less than LaCouture. Still, Gilmore's motor and his ability to disrupt plays behind the line of scrimmage make him a great instant-impact candidate.
By The Numbers
Gilmore's highest ranking: 28th
Gilmore's lowest ranking: 41st
Why this ranking is too high
As with all true freshmen there's the legitimate concern about the player's ability to make the jump to the next level, processing things faster and competing consistently against more experienced players. The same is true with Gilmore, who also has the disadvantage of being behind the learning curve from a player like LaCouture, who was here in the spring. Time will tell how quickly Gilmore picks up on the increased speed of the game and can slow things down mentally on the field.
Why this ranking is too low
Potential. That same quality which inspires uncertainty in some evokes enthusiasm in others. And, with Gilmore, it's pretty easy to see what all the fuss is about. He dominated all week at the Under Armour Game and continues to cement his reputation as a defender who gets into the backfield with regularity. Considering how many defensive tackles LSU lost in the offseason, Gilmore's name has to be among the first, if not the first, mentioned when discussing young players who will step into a meaningful role in 2013.
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No. 36 - Greg Gilmore
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