Rock Hill standout updates recruitment

South Pointe High School (Rock Hill, SC) class of 2009 athlete Stephon Gilmore is considered by many to be one of the top overall prospects in the Palmetto State this recruiting year, and he has the offer list to prove it. Read inside as Gilmore updates GamecockAnthem.com with the latest in his recruitment.


The 6'1", 176 pound Gilmore currently holds offers from South Carolina, Clemson, Tennessee, N.C. State, Florida, Florida State, Alabama, Wisconsin, and Penn State among others.

Despite all of the attention he is receiving, Gilmore is not ready to name any favorites at this time.

Gilmore has made unofficial visits to both Clemson and South Carolina over the past couple of months, but his most recent trip took him to Knoxville, TN to get an up close look at the Volunteers.

"It went good," Gilmore said. "I talked to the coaches, and I went to the basketball game. I liked it a little bit."

With new members on the coaching staff at South Carolina, the Gamecocks recently realigned some of their recruiting territories. Rock Hill was one such area, and new defensive coordinator Ellis Johnson is now the recruiter of record for Gilmore.

"He (Johnson) seems like a great, cool dude. I just need to go down there and talk to him face to face and get to know him better," he said. "He's telling me that he likes the way I play and that I fit good into their system."

Gilmore, who was timed at 4.5 seconds in the forty yard dash at the Charlotte Scout.com combine last year, has not yet met Coach Johnson in person, but hopes to get to Columbia again soon. Gilmore does not yet know when he will be able to make that visit but says he and his dad will decide.

The coaching staff has let the two-way star know what side of the ball they plan to use him on if Gilmore decides to sign with the Garnet and Black.

"They said secondary (at first)," Gilmore said. "Later on in my college career (they want) to put me on the offensive side of the ball at wideout."

According to the highly regarded three-star prospect, USC and Clemson are recruiting him the hardest but he does not currently have a favorite among the two in-state schools. Gilmore shared the things he likes most about the two programs.

South Carolina: "I like how they get their players at different positions on the field. Their versatile players, they let them play corner or sometimes safety. One of the things Carolina has going for them is they have sent a lot of DB's to the league in the past five years, and two of them (Ko Simpson and Johnathan Joseph) are from Rock Hill."

Clemson: "They just had a big recruiting class so they're on the edge to be good. Coach Napier, he's recruiting me. He writes me every week."

Gilmore has talked to Joseph and Simpson, who are now in the NFL, about playing at South Carolina and about the entire recruiting process.

"I talk to Ko (Simpson) and Johnathan (Joseph). They say (South Carolina's) a good school. They say you just have to go to the school you're most comfortable with."

Gilmore laid out what he is looking for in the school he will eventually sign with.

"I'm looking for a school that's good on the field," Gilmore said. "(A school that has) good fans (and) good coaches. A school that has good academic things too. Because that's the main part of school."

While Gilmore had originally talked about playing in college with good friend Devonte Holloman, out of Charlotte's Independence High School, the two have not discussed that option in quite some time.

"I haven't really talked to him about that in a while, so I really don't know if we would play together like that. He's probably going to go where he feels comfortable, and I'm going to go where I feel comfortable at."

Gilmore does not plan on making a decision anytime soon, but says he will likely make a verbal commitment at some point during his senior season.


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