- Bob Przybylo, Reporter, RecruitingNation
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.
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.
Though LSU lost, Gilmore’s enthusiasm toward the program wasn't lessened. If anything, he might be more excited about LSU.
“The crowd was intense,” Gilmore said. “I couldn’t hear myself think or breathe. It was the best crowd I’ve ever seen.”
Gilmore is ranked No. 101 in the ESPN 150 and No. 9 at defensive tackle. He took an official visit to Florida in September and was at Oklahoma two weeks ago for the Sooners' big contest against undefeated Notre Dame.
He has had the Nov. 8 date circled for a while as his announcement date. His high school team was never in contention for a playoff berth, so that allowed Gilmore to focus more on recruiting than most uncommitted seniors.
But that doesn’t make his decision any easier.
“I don’t know what to do,” Gilmore said. “I’m putting a lot of pressure on myself, but I want to get it over and done with.
“Right now I have no idea, none at all. But when I get to ESPN in Charlotte on Thursday, I’m going to know.”
Gilmore said he cannot lose in this situation because all three programs are top notch and have different things to offer. He said he loves the tradition of OU, while Florida’s depth chart is appealing to him. He said he loves the direction in which the Gators are going.
And if anybody thinks Gilmore is backing away from the Tigers because of Lincoln (Neb.) Southwest defensive end Christian LaCouture’s commitment Friday night, think again.
“I’m going to compete,” Gilmore said. “I’m glad Christian committed. He’s a great player. But everybody’s got to eat. If I’m there, I’ll compete, and I’ll play my way onto the field.”
Gilmore said he is going to think hard about his decision in the next 48 hours. He is going to discuss it with his parents, and turn off his phone.
“Starting Tuesday, I’m done answering my phone,” Gilmore said. “It’s going to be electrifying to be able to do this on TV and get that monkey off my back.”
It’s not that Gainesville, Fla., is close in proximity to Hope Mills, N.C., but it is in comparison to Baton Rouge, La., and Norman, Okla. Home is less than eight hours from Florida, while it is 14 hours to LSU and 19 hours to OU.
Distance isn’t a major factor, but it is a bit of a concern to Gilmore.
“I’m not too worried about it, but it is pretty far from LSU and OU,” Gilmore said. “It’s a significant difference. It’s just another thing I have to think about.”
LSU has commitments from two three-star defensive tackles, while Florida also has pledges from two defensive tackles. The Sooners have no commits at the position and are looking for at least three to fill out the class.
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.