The strength of LSU's 2013 class lies more on the offensive side of the ball, with verbals from two quarterbacks, several offensive linemen and some wide receivers. Thursday night, the Tigers picked up a nice addition to their defense.
Greg Gilmore (Hope Mills, N.C./South View), a top-10 defensive tackle prospect, committed to LSU, giving a program known for developing good D-Lineman a player with the tools to be a stout and productive player in the trenches.
Projected as a "three" technique in the Tigers' scheme, Gilmore has good size and an athletic build for a big man. Given some time in the LSU weight program, Gilmore should be able to pack on more good mass and comfortably play at or above 300 pounds. He can get off the ball well, quickly recognize and react to blocking schemes, be disruptive, and get around the football. The Hope Mills, N.C. native gives good effort and also has nice upside as an interior pass rusher, but he needs to keep improving in this area and learn to better utilize his hands and develop a pass-rush arsenal.
LSU has done a very nice job of developing D-Lineman and fielded some salty front-fours. In Gilmore, the Tigers have a player with good natural ability who, with some further development, can be another excellent contributor.