February 15, 2012

Buckeyes tracking North Carolina DE

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Ohio State landed a monster haul on the defensive line in the class of 2012. The 2013 class has started off in similar fashion with the recent commitment of four-star Ohioan Billy Price. Still, the Buckeyes will be looking for more big-time players on the defensive front and they have identified Hope Mills (N.C.) South View defensive end Greg Gilmore as a key target. The 6-foot-4, 275-pound strong-side defensive end prospect was offered shortly after Meyer took the job and he has been keeping in touch with the Ohio State coaching staff.

"I just talked to Urban Meyer a few days ago actually," he said. "He just said that pretty much their main goal is to rebuild that defensive line and that they could do that with me on the team. I've also spoken with coach (Everett) Withers."

Gilmore has racked up nearly 20 verbal offers to this point and while he is humbled by the attention, he is not looking forward to the decision making process.

"Man, I hate it," Gilmore joked. "It's a great thing getting all of the attention but at the same time you have 18 perfectly good schools offering you so it's a lot to think about and you have to (eventually) tell these coaches you won't be going there."

Right now, Gilmore isn't claiming any favorites as he tries to do as much research as possible on the schools that have offered.

"I've got a few schools that I've looked into that I kind of like their situations," he said. "I'm still looking at schools though and talking to coaches and seeing what offers are going to come."

For now, Gilmore has been keeping a bit of a low profile but he does know of one school that he will be checking out at some point.

"I'm going to Virginia Tech's junior day, I'm not sure when that is yet though," he said.

As one of the nation's top base ends, it's no surprise that Gilmore credits his ability against the run as the strength of his game.

"They don't really pass a lot in our conference but I feel like I'm a good run stopper," he said. "I feel like I'm much faster (than opposing offensive linemen) and that I can read blocks and just pretty much knowing what I have to do to beat the person across from me."

Gilmore is rated a four-star prospect and is ranked the No. 112 player in the nation by Rivals.com.


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