DB Stephon Gilmore (6-2 195) of South Pointe committed to USC Tuesday over Alabama. Gilmore made his announcement at a news conference at his school.
Gilmore made official visits to USC, Alabama and Tennessee. "I just feel like I'm home when I go there," Gilmore said of USC. He also likes the plan the Gamecock coaches laid out for him. "They are going to use me at the cornerback spot," Gilmore said. "They think I can be great at corner. And they are going to put me on the offensive side at quarterback. They have some packages so I can go in and do some zone reads and all that stuff. They really compare me to Captain Munnerlyn a lot."
Gilmore said it was after his official visit to USC that he began thinking strongly about the Gamecocks, and his relationship with the coaches was a major factor in the decision. "They are good coaches, coach (Ron) Cooper, coach (Ellis) Johnson, coach (Shane) Beamer who will be my position coach, all of them, we get along," Gilmore said. "They are good coaches and they have some good players on the team. It's just great people around the school."
Gilmore becomes the 19th commitment for USC's 2009 class. His teammate, DB Devonte Holloman, who decommitted from Clemson Monday, attended Tuesday's news conference and confirmed his plans to take an official visit to USC this weekend.