It was about an eight-hour drive for Hope Mills, N.C., defensive end Greg Gilmore to attend the University of Alabama’s OL/DL camp on Saturday, but when camp was over, it was well worth the trip.
“It went really good. I learned so much,” Gilmore said. “I was only going to do the first session and be done with that, but I got to do both sessions and worked on a lot of pass rush stuff and a lot of line stuff. I learned a lot good techniques to help my game.”
Gilmore has the Crimson Tide among his favorites, and with top defensive line prospect Robert Nkemdiche off the board for now, it looks like Alabama has made Gilmore a bigger priority for the 2013 class.
UA defensive line coach Chris Rumph spent all day Friday with the ESPN 150 defensive end, and at the camp, head coach Nick Saban made a concentrated effort to work with him. It made a resounding impression.
“On Saturday, I was getting coached by Coach Saban,” Gilmore said. “I felt really good about it because during the one-on-ones, he was looking for me, and for 15 minutes of a 30-minute session, he was with me, teaching me stuff personally.
“Of course, they want me to come there and everything. In his office, he was giving me ‘The Reader’s Digest’ about Alabama. I had a great time. I learned so much stuff from Coach Rumph and Coach Saban. They coached me up really well.”
Gilmore, who measured in at 6-foot-4, 290 pounds, is projected to play inside as a three technique wherever he goes, but at the camp, Alabama tried him out as a defensive end, and not only did he enjoy it, but he thrived at the new position.
“I was expecting to play three technique, and I did play three technique the whole time until out of nowhere, they put me at end,” Gilmore said. “I played end, both left and right, and I did really good. I was probably the quickest defensive end there.”
After the visit, Gilmore said the Tide moved up even with Florida, second only behind LSU. The Tigers hold a slight edge for his services because of the relationship he has with the coaching staff there.
Clemson is also still in the mix, but he removed USC from his group of finalists because of family circumstances.
The North Carolina native has now camped at Alabama and Florida in recent weeks, and he plans to visit LSU again in July.