Gilmore discusses USC commitment

ROCK HILL, S.C. -- Stephon Gilmore, four-star cornerback from South Pointe High School, announced at a press conference from his high school intentions to sign with South Carolina. Gilmore chose the Gamecocks over Alabama and Tennessee.

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It was a quick press conference because momma wanted him to be in class instead of staying out to announce his college decision, but in front of teammates and members of the media, Stephon Gilmore announced his intentions to play for South Carolina next fall.

"It has been a long and tiring decision, and it ultimately came down to Alabama and South Carolina," Gilmore said in his brief statement. "Saying that, I would like to announce I am accepting a scholarship offer from the University of South Carolina."

Gilmore pulled out a hat hidden in the podium and proudly wore the hat throughout the press conference and showed about as much emotion as a cool customer like himself can muster, quickly saying that he is ready to turn the attention back towards his team's state championship run.

In the end, it was his relationship with the USC coaches and distance from home that helped this family-oriented student-athlete pick the Gamecocks.

"My family and people I know can come watch me play," said Gilmore, adding that it was a new relationship that helped to put him over the edge. "Ellis Johnson is a good coach and he started recruiting me late because this is his first year there, and we have a great relationship. He is a great coordinator and he is really the reason why I picked South Carolina."

While he will get a chance to play early on defense, Gilmore cited a chance to play at quarterback as well in certain situations.

"My first year, I want to go in and compete for a starting position my freshman year and try to make a great impact on the team."

As the press conference ended, Gilmore headed down the aisle with the Gamecock hat on his head, with mother on his arm, headed to his fourth period class knowing the toughest decision is behind him.

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