Gildon takes in USC vs Oregon game

Despite giving a verbal commitment to Oregon back in June, Westlake Village (Calif.) Oaks Christian cornerback Anthony Gildon (6-1, 177) was offered by USC earlier this season, and while he says he remains firmly committed to the Ducks, he admitted that he's listening to what the Trojan staff has to offer.

"They did offer me, so I am listening to them," said Gildon. "I didn't have a chance to hear from them before I committed so I'm listening to the information that they're giving me."

Gildon was able to see both the Ducks and Trojans this past weekend when he attended the USC-Oregon game at the Coliseum on Saturday.

"It was hard watching," said Gildon. "Right now, I'm a Duck and it was hard watching us play. The game didn't sway me or anything to USC, though."

Still, Gildon said he's not closing the door entirely on USC.

"We haven't really talked about taking an official trip but yeah, I think they do want me to take one and I'd probably take one," said Gildon.

Gildon took his official trip to Oregon the weekend they hosted Oklahoma back in September. That stands as his only official visit he's taken. He also attended USC's home game with Washington earlier this season.

Once he gave his commitment to the Ducks, Gildon said schools stopped contacting him and USC was the only school to offer him since. With two of his teammates heading to USC next fall, Marc Tyler and Marshall Jones, Gildon said that he at least wanted to see what USC has to offer. Another teammate, Casey Matthews, is heading to Oregon, so either way, Gildon will have some familiar faces with him.

"None of them are really saying anything to me about where to go, they know its all up to me," said Gildon. "I'm still feeling the Ducks."

When he made his decision to attend Oregon, Gildon thought the thinking and stressing was done, but once the offer came from the hometown school, it gave him more to think about.

"It didn't complicate things at all but it's always kind of tough having something else to thing about," said Gildon.

For now, though, Gildon is putting the recruiting stress on hold and focusing on Oaks' quest for the California Division III State Championship.

"We have to focus game by game and not look ahead too much," said Gildon. "We play St. Bernard's this weekend and we just want to keep winning and get to that state championship game."

The Lions are ranked #2 in the state overall and are the prohibitive favorite to win the Northwest Division of the CIF-Southern Section and then the Division III title at the Home Depot Center next month.

This fall, Gildon has 10 interceptions from his cornerback spot and has been a mainstay in what may be the best prep secondary in the country.


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