Greg Gilmore to LSU: Tigers Land Coveted Football Recruit

Tyler ConwayFeatured ColumnistNovember 8, 2012

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Following a heated recruiting race that came down to the very last minute, coveted defensive lineman Greg Gilmore is headed to LSU.


Greg Gilmore announces his commitment to #LSU.

— Scott Rabalais (@ScottRabalais) November 8, 2012


Gilmore, ranked 104th on the ESPN 150 list for the class of 2013, was one of the more sought-after defensive players in the nation. A mammoth presence in the front seven at 6'4", 285 pounds, the senior made quite the name for himself at South View High School in Hope Mills, N.C.

During Gilmore's brilliant junior campaign, he compiled a whopping 79 tackles and two sacks. Specializing as a run-stopper, Gilmore gathered a never-ending stream of interested schools.

After whittling down his list, it came down to three: Florida, Oklahoma and LSU. 

At Florida, the depth chart situation was ultimately favorable. The Gators defensive line could have certainly used some help in 2013. 

LSU, meanwhile, had recent history on its side as a consistent national championship contender, and in the end, the appeal of Les Miles and the opportunity to both play early and for a national championship led Gilmore to LSU. He'll join one of the best recruiting classes in the nation, one adorned with a cabal of hyped players.

As always, you never know whether big-named recruits will translate to on-field success. Nonetheless, bringing in a talent like Gilmore will go a long way toward keeping LSU in the national championship picture.