Florida Gators: Greg Gilmore

Chomp Confidential: UF recruiting notes 

November, 14, 2012
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GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- GatorNation brings you the latest installment of Chomp Confidential, a look inside Florida football recruiting for GatorNation subscribers only. As with anything exclusive, what's reported in the weekly Chomp Confidential must stay here. A few things discussed in this week's update:

  • Johnson back in play?
  • New offers go out

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Greg Gilmore picks LSU over Florida

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If there were concerns about LSU's defensive tackle depth, Greg Gilmore (Hope Mills, N.C./South View) put them to rest Thursday evening.

The Tigers landed their latest ESPN 150 prospect when Gilmore, the No. 104 player in the country, publicly pledged LSU's 2013 recruiting class live on “ESPN RecruitingNation” on ESPNU.

Gilmore's commitment gives LSU four commitments in the ESPN 150 and 12 commitments in the ESPN 300. The 6-foot-4, 285-pounder, who’s the nation’s No. 9 defensive tackle, is also the Tigers' second defensive line commitment in less than a week after three-star DT Christian LaCouture (Lincoln, Neb./Southwest) joined the class last Friday.

"I'm going to school at Louisiana State," Gilmore said. "I called every coach last night, and it was hard -- it was hard. It was really between LSU and Florida in my opinion."

Defensive tackle was one of the last big concerns for LSU -- which now boasts 25 commitments after Gilmore's decision. The Tigers will lose senior defensive tackle Josh Downs after the 2012 season, and junior Bennie Logan is a likely loss to early entry in the 2013 NFL draft. That leaves Anthony Johnson and Ego Ferguson as the only battle-tested defensive tackles on the roster for next season.

"With LSU, I liked how they're losing six guys on the front," Gilmore said. "I think I can go in there and I can play early. I don't know how you could not play in Tiger Stadium. I went down there for the Alabama game and it was rocking. I had so much fun down there."

Gilmore chose LSU over Florida and Oklahoma. The consensus opinion since this past summer had been that the Gators and Tigers were the top two contenders for his signature. The final decision came after a busy month that saw Gilmore travel to Gainesville, Fla., on Sept. 22 for Florida's game against Kentucky and an Oct. 27 trip to Norman, Okla., to watch Oklahoma play Notre Dame.

Gilmore concluded the whirlwind tour with an official visit to LSU this past weekend to watch the Tigers' tilt with Alabama.

Interestingly enough, Gilmore's name adds to a surprisingly stocked haul of out-of-state commits for LSU. The Tigers rely heavily on Louisiana talent in recruiting. But Gilmore is LSU's 12th out-of-state commit for 2013. He joins LaCouture and defensive ends Frank Herron (Memphis, Tenn./Memphis Central) and Lewis Neal (Wilson, N.C./James B. Hunt) as LSU defensive line commits from outside Louisiana.

GatorNation recruiting mailbag 

November, 8, 2012
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GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- It’s time to dip into the GatorNation recruiting mailbag and answer your questions. Because of the amount of questions we’ve received, we won’t be able to get to all of them today -- but we encourage you to post your questions on our Insider fan forum, The Chompions Club.

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Radi Nabulsi/ESPN.comFive-star defensive tackle Montravius Adams is one of Florida's top remaining targets.
Scot5013: Calling all defensive tackles ... who will UF land, Greg Gilmore or Montravius Adams?

A: Florida will have its work cut out for both players. Gilmore will make his decision on Thursday night between Florida and LSU. After a weekend visit to LSU (and the Tigers having been his long-time leader), I have to think LSU is the team he will chose on Thursday night. As for Adams, the Gators have made a very big impression on him, but so did the Bulldogs when he visited Athens. At this point, I'm not sure Florida gets either player, but they aren't very far behind for either guy.

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DT Greg Gilmore ready to end process 

November, 6, 2012
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As of Monday night, ESPN 150 defensive tackle Greg Gilmore (Hope Mills, N.C./South View) didn't know which school he would to commit to Thursday.

Gilmore, however, is still planning to announce his commitment Thursday afternoon, with a choice between LSU, Florida and Oklahoma. His announcement will be aired live on RecruitingNation at 5 p.m. ET on ESPNU.

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Miller Safrit/ESPN.comESPN 150 defensive tackle Greg Gilmore isn't worried about competition at whichever school he chooses.
Gilmore, who is 6-foot-4 and 285 pounds, concluded his planned official visits with a trip to LSU last weekend to see the showdown between Tigers and Alabama.

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Florida recruiting: The Hot Five 

November, 6, 2012
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GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- There are three months left until national signing day and the Gators have a majority of their 2013 recruiting class filled. With 20 verbal commitments, Florida has roughly five remaining empty slots to fill. Here's a closer look at how they could potentially be filled.

1. S Marcell Harris (Orlando, Fla./Dr. Phillips) -- The ESPN 150 safety has a top four of Florida, Florida State, Oklahoma and Texas. The Gators and Longhorns appear to be the top two teams he is considering. Harris announced last week he would make his college decision Nov. 16. Florida looks to be in a good position to land the Under Armour All-American. Florida will likely lose Matt Elam to the NFL and Harris would have a chance to compete for early playing time.

2. OT Laremy Tunsil (Lake City, Fla./Columbia) -- Florida might be a long shot for the No. 3-ranked player in the country, but he is well worth the effort. Tunsil continues to have Georgia and Alabama as his top two schools, but he continues to show interest in the Gators. He has visited Gainesville twice this season and Florida will have depth issues at tackle next year. Tunsil will wait until signing day to make his decision, and as long as he is showing some interest in Florida, the Gators will continue to pursue the talented tackle prospect.

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Big visit coming for Greg Gilmore 

November, 3, 2012
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Greg Gilmore's visit to LSU should go a long way towards determining the direction of his recruitment.

"Just hang with the team and feel that game atmosphere," Gilmore stated via text message to ESPN when asked what he was looking for in his official visit to LSU this weekend for the Alabama game.

Gilmore, who has already taken official visits to Florida and Oklahoma, said LSU was his leader this summer. Gilmore even said at one point he was close to announcing a decision. The Tigers were in prime position. Then, those aforementioned visits started to cloud the issue.

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GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- It’s time to dip into the GatorNation recruiting mailbag and answer your questions. Because of the amount of questions we’ve received, we won’t be able to get to all of them today -- but we encourage you to post your questions on our Insider fan forum, The Chompions Club.

Chancez321: How, if at all, does this loss affect recruiting?

A: I'm a big believer that a single loss will not affect recruiting in the long run. If Georgia would have blown out Florida then maybe it would have had an impact, but it was a close game. Let's say Florida wins the rest of its regular-season games and finishes 11-1. Do you think recruits will hold against them a tough, hard-fought loss to a rival? Probably not. Guys like Laremy Tunsil, Trenton Brown and Shaq Wiggins are considering both schools, but they're smart enough to make decisions based on what is the right fit for their future, not solely based on one game.

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ESPN 150 defensive tackle Greg Gilmore (Hope Mills, N.C./South View) entered the weekend with a top three of Oklahoma, Florida and LSU.

He had seen Florida and LSU before but had no idea what to expect on his official visit to Oklahoma. After seeing the Sooners, he now knows what to expect.

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Scott Drucker/IntersportESPN 150 DT Greg Gilmore described OU coach Bob Stoops as a 'really cool guy.'
“It was a mind-blowing experience,” Gilmore said. “I had a lot of fun and got a lot out of it. There were no negatives at all. The atmosphere was amazing, as good as any I’ve seen.”

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ESPN 150 defensive tackle Greg Gilmore (Hope Mills, N.C./South View) confirmed Tuesday he will be taking an official visit to OU this weekend for the showdown with Notre Dame.

Gilmore, who is 6-foot-4 and 285 pounds, said he is down to OU, Florida and LSU. He has already visited Florida and will visit LSU next week. His tentative plan is to announce on ESPNU on Nov. 8.

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Miller Safrit/ESPN.comESPN 150 defensive tackle Greg Gilmore is taking his official visit to OU this weekend.
Some recruits have a good idea of what to expect heading into a visit. Not Gilmore.

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Big month left for ESPN 150 DT Gilmore 

September, 27, 2012
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We've already seen that the Sept. 22 visit to Florida went about as well as possible for defensive tackle Greg Gilmore (Hope Mills, N.C./South View).

Gilmore took an official visit to see the Gators paste Kentucky, 38-0, and came out quite impressed with Florida -- which, along with LSU, is one of his two leaders.

"I think the two teams are pretty even," he said after the visit. "I love both teams, I can't lie to you. Both teams are on the rise."

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Top targets still on UF's board 

September, 25, 2012
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GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- With quite possibly the biggest recruiting weekend of year approaching, the Florida Gators have narrowed down their list of potential 2013 targets to roughly 10-20 possibilities. Sure, there are names that might be added to their recruiting board as the season moves along, but only a few spots remain in the 2013 class. Here's a closer look at the top five targets, in no particular order.

DT Greg Gilmore (Hope Mills, N.C./South View) -- The big defensive tackle from North Carolina officially visited Florida this past weekend and really enjoyed his trip. Gilmore has had LSU in the lead for some time but, after ranking his visit an 11 on a scale of one to 10, the Gators have pulled even with the Tigers. His parents appear to be favoring the Gators at this point, but will it be enough to be sway the No. 9-ranked defensive tackle in the country? Gilmore will visit LSU on Nov. 3.

S Marcell Harris (Orlando, Fla./Dr. Phillips) -- Harris just returned from Oklahoma and has visits scheduled to Florida for the LSU game on Oct. 6 and to Florida State the following week. It's significant that Harris is visiting Florida. He has visited the Gators unofficially several times and was planning to use his visits on other schools. Though he won't come out and say it, this appears to be a Florida-Texas battle. The Gators seem to be in good shape for the talented athlete.

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GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- ESPN 150 defensive tackle Greg Gilmore (Home Mills, N.C./South View) took an official visit to Florida this past weekend. The 6-foot-4, 285-pound four-star tackle said he enjoyed his trip to Gainesville.

"It was great man," Gilmore said. "I had a great time. It was a good game. The defensive front played well and that's really what I'm looking for is the defensive front. The whole defense, the whole offense, everybody played well.

"I talked to the coaches all the time I was there pretty much. They told me I would be a key essential to putting their defense together. They were saying they need more guys -- more guys that are good coming out of high school and more guys that need less development. I mean everyone needs development, but they are looking for guys that can play early."

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Tyler Moore among UK game visitors 

September, 21, 2012
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GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- The Florida-LSU game in just more than two weeks might be the biggest recruiting weekend of the year for the Gators, but Florida will still host some important prospects -- and its latest future player -- for its game against Kentucky on Saturday.

The Gators will be hosting Nebraska offensive line transfer Tyler Moore. Moore visited Florida for the Bowling Green game, then visited Florida State for its game against Wake Forest and now returns to Florida for his second visit in a month.

Moore told coach Will Muschamp of his decision to join the Gators on Thursday, basing his decision largely on the work ethic of the coaching staff, said his father, Brian Moore.

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Mailbag: Replacing early NFL draftees 

September, 20, 2012
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GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- It’s time to dip in to the GatorNation recruiting mailbag and answer the questions you want to know. Because of the amount of questions we’ve received, we won’t be able to get to all of them today, but we encourage you to ask your questions on our Insider fan forum, The Chompions Club.

impulse36: Based on the first three games, is it likely that Dominique Easley, Sharrif Floyd or Matt Elam enters the NFL draft this April? Assuming they don't, does that affect the number we can recruit or the positions we recruit? Do we recruit the same number and just "encourage" more transfers?

A: It's too early to say which of the three listed could potentially enter the NFL draft. At this point it shouldn't affect how many prospects UF can take in this class. Florida is looking to sign 23-24 players and Florida is likely planning to lose at least one of the three you mentioned. Situations like this have a way of working themselves out. Whether it's future transfers, injuries or other situations the public might not be aware of, the coaching staff already has a good idea of how many players it will be able to take in this class.

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Chomp Confidential: Weekend visits 

September, 14, 2012
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GatorNation brings you the latest installment of Chomp Confidential, a look inside Florida football recruiting for GatorNation subscribers only. As with anything exclusive, what's reported in the weekly Chomp Confidential must stay here. A few things discussed in this week's update:

  • Recruiting never stops
  • Quinton Powell wavering?

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