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Gamecocks get Gilmore

Stephon Gilmore, defensive back for South Pointe High School in Rock Hill.
Stephon Gilmore, defensive back for South Pointe High School in Rock Hill.

South Pointe defensive back Stephon Gilmore made a verbal commitment to play for South Carolina during a news conference Tuesday at his school.

The 6-foot-2, 190-pounder is considered by many to be the best defensive back in the state in the Class of 2009. He is ranked 216th in the nation by rivals.com

Gilmore also starts at quarterback for Southe Pointe. He has 461 yards and nine touchdowns rushing and has completed 44 of 69 passes for 636 yards and three touchdowns.

Gilmore picked USC over Alabama and Tennessee.

During an official visit to South Carolina in late September, Gilmore spent time with coach Steve Spurrier, defensive coordinator Ellis Johnson and cornerbacks coach Shane Beamer. The message he got from Spurrier was that where was a place for him with the Gamecocks.

“He said they have a lot of seniors at cornerback, so there should be a chance for early playing time,” Gilmore said after the visit.

He added the Spurrier talked to him about playing quarterback in certain packages and returning punts and kicks.

From staff reports

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