4-star defensive tackle and highly touted recruit Greg Gilmore has committed to the LSU Tigers.
"I'm going to school at Louisiana State," Gilmore said. "I called every coach last night, and it was hard —it was hard. It was really between LSU and Florida in my opinion."
Gilmore is a very important signing for Les Miles and the Tigers. He's a very talented defensive lineman that will be bringing a ton of versatility and skill to the program.
Here's my complete scouting report on Gilmore:
- Name: Greg Gilmore
- Hometown: Hope Mills, North Carolina
- School: South View
- Position: Defensive Tackle
- Height: 6'4''
- Weight: 285 lbs (ESPN Recruiting Nation)
- 40-Yard Dash: 4.90 (247Sports)
- Rankings: 4-star (247Sports), 4-star (Rivals), 4-star (247Sports), 4-star (ESPN Recruiting Nation)
Gilmore is a very versatile defensive lineman, and that's going to help him be very effective at LSU. He's a defensive tackle, but many of his highlights feature him lining up at defensive end and being effective on the edges of the line of scrimmage, and I believe his ability to work in open space will really come in handy at the college level.
For such a big player, he has tremendous speed, and that's going to allow him to shoot the gap as a defensive tackle. But he'll also be able to pursue the quarterback in the backfield, or even get down the line of scrimmage laterally and make a play on a run away from him.
He uses his hands very well to shed blocks and he displays good variety of shedding moves, and seems to have natural football instincts that allow him to flow to the ball.
The one thing that I noticed when watching some of his highlights was that he seemed to really rely on his abilities as an elite player, but he definitely won't have that advantage in the SEC. He's a very aggressive and quick lineman, but that seemed to lead to a lack of discipline as far as his responsibilities are concerned.
He does a lot of flying down the line of scrimmage, which is not usually the best technique as an end (which is where he played a lot in these highlights), because his main responsibility is outside contain. While one could say that it wouldn't be a problem as a defensive tackle at the college level, he's going to be susceptible to getting trapped if he's always flying upfield with reckless abandon.
You can see in the picture below how he shoots down the line of scrimmage to make a play on a power play to the other side of the line. While it's very picky to fault a player for making a good, aggressive play, the issue here is that he completely abandons his outside responsibilities as an end. His main job is to make sure that nothing gets outside of his outside shoulder, and he has to be aware of the bootleg or reverse play.
A well-executed fake handoff or even a reverse from the play side receiver would have left Gilmore in horrible position to make a play coming back the other way (as highlighted by the red lines). Notice how he's already given up the edge (green line), and while his athleticism and speed may be enough to make up for that in high school, he will get burnt in the SEC by quicker and more experienced players.
I'd like to see him develop a little more patience and gap integrity as a defensive lineman at LSU, and I'm sure that's something the Tigers' staff will work on.
The good thing is, Gilmore is aggressive and fast, and that's going to be an advantage more times than not at LSU. The Tigers play a defense that's known for flying around the field, and I'm sure the Tigers' coaching staff will be able to coach him up on when they are looking for patience, discipline and gap-integrity.
If LSU can just reel him in and make sure that he plays aggressive but disciplined football, he has a chance to be very good for the Tigers.
Gilmore displays all the intangibles and tools that you look for in a defensive lineman, and he's a very solid commitment for LSU.