December 1, 2008

Gilmore focused on winning state

Rock Hill (S.C.) South Pointe four-star prospect and South Carolina commitment Stephon Gilmore, the nation's No. 14 overall athlete, was scheduled to attend to the Gamecocks' game with in-state rival Clemson over the weekend, but did not attend.

"With the rain and everything, I decided to just watch it on TV," the 6-foot-1, 190-pound Gilmore said. "That was a lot easier."

Gilmore, who accounted for four touchdowns in a 55-17 victory over Laurens Friday night, was disappointed that his future teammates lost.

"In the first half, the offense just couldn't get it going," he said. "When you throw all of those interceptions, it makes it tough to win. It just seems like we need to get better at quarterback and need a great tailback."

Gilmore is primarily focused on winning his school's first ever state championship.

"We play Northwestern this weekend in the state championship game," he said. "We beat them during the regular season, but it's going to be a tough game. Hopefully we'll keep playing like we've been playing and get that state title. That's been our goal all season."

Gilmore added that his commitment to Carolina is a firm one.

"Florida still calls every once in a while, but it's all USC," he said. "I've got the Shrine Bowl then the Under Armour Game, and then I'll enroll at USC in January."

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