USC is one of many offers for DE David Gilbert (6-4 215) of Oakland Park, FL, and it's a former Gamecock standout that has captured Gilbert's imagination. "They said I run like John Abraham," Gilbert said. "He's my favorite defensive player in the entire world. He's just so fast."
Gilbert said he gets plenty of mail from USC recruiter Robert Gillespie, and he said he calls the Gamecock assistant on a regular basis. "I'm looking for where I can play early," Gilbert said. "I'll also be looking for the academics I want to study and how well I get along with the players."
Gilbert has not visited any schools this summer nor has he been to any camps. He does not have any favorites. His other offers are Louisville, Pittsburgh, Florida International, Minnesota, Purdue, Iowa State, Vanderbilt, Connecticut, Central Florida, Kansas State, Wisconsin, Marshall, Indiana, Arkansas State and Florida Atlantic. He's also getting interest from Miami. In seven games last season, Gilbert 57 tackles with nine sacks and eight tackles for loss.