Gilmore chooses LSU

If there is one major area of need with LSU’s 2013 class it is on the defensive line as the Tigers need to shore up an area they have become known for.

Gilmore gave LSU some big news on Thursday

Les Miles and his staff took a major step forward in addressing those needs on Thursday when the nation’s 8th-ranked defensive tackle Greg Gilmore committed to the Tigers over Florida.

"The LSU coaches were happy when I called them," Gilmore said.

Gilmore visited LSU officially last weekend for the Alabama game and that pushed the Tigers over the top in a tight race.

"I feel like there's a better opportunity since they're losing a lot of guys,” Gilmore said. “And how can you not like playing in Death Valley? That visit was a 20 (on a scale of 1-10)."

Gilmore said LSU has been the leader in his mind since he visited with his father back during the spring.

However, he needed to get his mother down to Baton Rouge so she could see for herself why her son wanted to attend school at a place that is 300-plus miles farther from home than his other choice.

"She loves the place,” said Gilmore. “She liked the atmosphere; the fans are crazy. She also likes the education.

"She’s going to be okay with it now. That was what was reinforced during the visit. She knows nothing bad is going to happen to me now and the education is okay. And my dad liked LSU."

Gilmore said there were a lot of positives with Florida, which made his decision even tougher.

“It's closer to home,” he said. “There are flights out of my town and the drive is eight hours instead of 16. There are so many pluses for Florida.

"There's a DT that just transferred out of there. The fact there's a lot of opportunities to win a lot of games. It's the same as LSU. There are so many young guys and they're using a lot of young guys on the defensive front."

Gilmore added that will not take any other visits and a big load has been lifted off his shoulders.

“I feel comfortable with my decision,” he said.

Gilmore is ranked as the No. 99 overall prospect in the country according to the 247Composite, which weighs equally the rankings and ratings of media outlets that cover recruiting. That makes him the No. 8 defensive tackle and the No. 4 overall prospect in the state of North Carolina.

247Sports ranks Gilmore as the No. 112 overall prospect nationally, the No. 8 defensive tackle and the No. 3 prospect in North Carolina.

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