Many have written Hope Mills (NC) South View defensive tackle Greg Gilmore off as a foregone conclusion to LSU. That certainly may be the case but the NC State coaching staff was more than willing to host the nation's No. 7 defensive tackle on an unofficial visit this past weekend.
Gilmore boasts scholarship offers from around the country and the Pack has tried to present itself as an in-state option. They were one of the first schools to offer... a fact that hasn't gone unnoticed by Gilmore.
So what led the rising senior to make the trip up to Raleigh?
"I visited because State has been recruiting me the longest," said Gilmore. "I might as well give them a chance because they're the best school in North Carolina. I'm a football person. I'm not a basketball person. UNC, right now, they're unstable. Them and Duke are good basketball schools, but State is the best football school.
"If I do stay in the state of North Carolina, NC State will be the place for me. I don't know if I will or not. That may be decided in the next couple of months or even at the all-american game. They're there though."
Gilmore had a chance to tour State along with Wolfpack commit Dakwa Nichols and target Johnathan Alston who was making his second visit to State in as many weeks. What did Gilmore think of his visit?
"I had a great time, actually," said Gilmore. "It's in-state so I know a lot of those guys. I communicate with these guys. I got to see the dorms and just chill out so it was a great visit."
Gilmore has just one visit scheduled, and it'll be to a familiar foe as far as the Wolfpack is concerned.
"I'll probably go to LSU in July but other than that, I probably won't do anything until the season starts."
Gilmore is considered one of the state's premier prospects and the top defensive lineman.
"Gilmore is a versatile defensive lineman that can spin off offensive tackles or bull-rush interior linemen to get to the quarterback," says Scout.com Recruiting Analyst Chad Simmons. "He could play inside or outside on the next level, but he will likely grow into an athletic defensive tackle.
"He needs to continue to get stronger, especially in the upper-body, and he needs to play with more consistent pad level. He moves well laterally, he has quick feet, and good potential."