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Big month left for ESPN 150 DT Gilmore

9/27/2012

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."

With Gainesville, Fla., in his rearview mirror, it leaves Gilmore with a busy month ahead. The ESPN 150 member plans to make several more trips between now and the end of next month, with likely destinations being Virginia Tech, USC and Oklahoma.

"I'm going to try to fill up October with visits -- at least two. But anywhere else I go, I won't take my parents with me," Gilmore said.

That special distinction goes to LSU, which is set to host Gilmore and his family in just more than a month. That leaves LSU, which Gilmore has listed as one of his leaders since the summer, sitting in a unique position. Gilmore makes his final trip to the LSU-Alabama showdown Nov. 3 before making a college decision soon after -- perhaps as soon as Nov. 5 or Nov. 6.

That's quite a final say for the Tigers to have, to be sure. But Gilmore said he won't let the magnitude of the moment influence his decision. He said the choice will be aided by the amount of work he has put into his choices.

"I'm not a simple-minded person. I've done my research for all four years, even though I've only been recruited hard these last two. I probably know everything about Louisiana or Florida that you know," he said. "I've done my research, and at the end of the day if I pull a name out of a hat it won't be a bad decision, but I want to satisfy everybody and make the best decision for me."

Important in that research are the losses that both LSU and Florida could incur along the defensive front. Both squads feature game-changing junior defensive tackles -- Sharrif Floyd for Florida and Bennie Logan for the Tigers -- who could be off to the greener pastures of the NFL by the time Gilmore arrives on campus.

"They're both losing D-linemen -- Florida is losing Sharrif Floyd, and LSU's losing like six guys including Bennie Logan," Gilmore said.

The 6-foot-4, 285-pound defensive tackle, who will participate in the Under Armour All-America Game this January, said that's a big factor, although he is not opposed to sitting out either.

"Florida is a really young team defensively. Their inside is pretty old, and they're leaving, and they've got a lot of young guys, redshirt guys, at defensive tackle," he said. "And you look at Michael Brockers (at LSU). He got redshirted and played two years (before being drafted), so anything is possible."

It's all just more information to process for a rapidly-approaching decision.