UDPATE: Gilmore committed to LSU.
Four-star defensive tackle Greg Gilmore (Hope Mills, N.C./South View) announces his college choice tonight at 5 p.m. ET on ESPNU’s Recruiting Nation show.
The finalists for the ESPN150 member are LSU, Florida and Oklahoma, but Gilmore admits his decision will be between the Tigers and Gators. The two teams have been tied for the lead since Gilmore’s official visit to Florida on Sept. 22.
LSU: “I like the coaches. I like the crowd. I like that all the fans know who you are. I’m also feeling the situation of them losing six defensive linemen this year, because I can go in there and play right away.”
UF: “I like that they’re winning games with a young team, and they’re losing a senior and probably Sharrif Floyd. Plus I know the freshmen from North Carolina and they told me they’re real comfortable there.”
After his visit to Florida, Gilmore said his LSU official “better be right” because the Gators amazed him. He went to Baton Rouge last weekend when the Tigers hosted No. 1 Alabama, and while it was the best game he’s attended, UF was still his top trip.
“Out of my three official visits, the Florida visit was the one that wowed me,” Gilmore said. “LSU didn’t really wow me that much because I know how it is there with the crowd. But I didn’t expect to get as much out of my Florida visit as I did, so that’s why it was the best.”
The Under Armour All-American called the winning team Wednesday and delivered the good news. Gilmore said he was not influenced by his parents. His mother wants him to go Florida, his father LSU.
“Because they’re split, I’m not going to worry about it,” Gilmore said. “I want to make my mom and dad both happy, but it’s my decision and I have to be comfortable where I’m going. They’re going to support my decision no matter what.”
Gilmore has been very pro-UF on social media in the last few weeks. On Oct. 19, he posted two pictures on instagram wearing Gator gear and then another one Wednesday. He also sent out these tweets.
Oct. 30: “im really liking #Florida. i can see myself playing there”
Nov. 1: “WHATS UP #GatorNation … #Florida is where its at!”
Other than tweeting Monday that he had a great time in Baton Rouge, Gilmore has not said anything recently about LSU on his twitter account.
Prediction — All signs seem to point to UF, and I wouldn’t be surprised one bit if he commits to the Gators, but I still think the Tigers land him because of the early playing time they promised. That’s one thing Will Muschamp, who personally recruited Gilmore, does not do.