Gilmore is a Gamecock
Stephon Gilmore, the nation's no. 27 ranked cornerback prospect according to Scout.com, committed to South Carolina this afternoon at a news conference at his school. Gilmore cited proximity to home, the potential for early playing time, and his relationship with the USC coaches as reasons why he chose the Gamecocks.
GamecockAnthem.com caught up with South Pointe Head Coach Bobby Carroll for an interview, and he discussed what Gilmore has meant to his program over the past four years.
"He's undoubtedly been a huge asset to our program, not only as far as making plays but also from a leadership role," said Carroll. "The thing we like about him most is he's an incredibly humble kid. He comes early and he stays late. In the four years he's been in this program, he's never missed a practice, workout or anything. He leads by example. He's just a fantastic kid."
Carroll has coached several great players over the years, and in his opinion Gilmore ranks up there with the best of them.
"I've coached four guys that have played in the NFL, and Stephon is the same quality as those guys. He's just an incredible person and an incredible football player," he said.
Gilmore has played a variety of positions throughout his high school career, including quarterback, wide receiver, running back, cornerback, safety, linebacker, and he's even handled some return duties. According to Carroll, Gilmore could play just about any position on the college level as well, but he believes his star pupil is smart to pursue a future at cornerback.
"Take away the OL and the DL, and that kid can play anywhere you want him to play. I'm sure if he was a full time quarterback, he could run the zone-read and be a quarterback in Division I football. At the same time, he could play defensive back. Here's what he knows - He's focused, he's got a plan, he wants to get an education, and he wants to play college football. But his ultimate dream is to play on Sundays, and barring any serious injury he can. They play five or six DBs on Sunday and only one quarterback, so he's pretty smart wanting to be a defensive back."
Carroll is convinced that Gilmore has a special skill set at cornerback and that his best days are still ahead of him on the field.
"The thing about him that you can't measure is his multidirectional speed. He's got the God given talent that he can stop on a dime and take off and be just as quick on the first step as he is on the last," said Carroll. "He's about 6'2", 195 and he's a three sport athlete. When he gets down to (South Carolina) where he can concentrate solely on football, conditioning, and speed development I could see him gaining about ten pounds and probably getting a little faster.
"He's just a great football player. He's been playing the game all of his life, since he was a little boy. He's gotten nothing but better the whole way. He's just got a great head on his shoulders, and I think he's headed in the right direction."
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