Gildon committed to the University of Oregon fairly early on in the process, choosing the Ducks over an already impressive list of suitors. Although Gildon has put up mind boggling numbers over the first few games on arguably one of the top prep teams in the country, he is still overlooked. Gildon has offers from many big time programs coast to coast, but it was not until Monday night that Gildon got an offer that took him right out of that sleeper category.
“SC offered me last night,” said Gildon.
And although Gildon’s name may seem new to the SC radar, Coach Carroll and staff have been in contact with the talented corner since the early summer.
“Well the coaches really wanted me to go out to their camps and I didn’t have a chance. And then during spring I ran track, so they didn’t get to see me then either. So they told me after the first four games that they would cut up all of my tape and watch it, and make a decision from there. They called me last night and said that they watched the tape, and liked what they say. They offered me over the phone, and they were saying how they really wanted me to play at SC. I talked to Coach Rocky, Coach Sark, and Coach Carroll on the phone. They all seemed really excited. They just told me that they think I can play there and they would want me to come in and compete.”
For Gildon, an SC offer signified something more than football; it was recognition for all of the hard work and time he has put in over the years.
“It’s a great accomplishment,” said Gildon of his SC offer. “They are one of the top programs in the nation and to get an offer from them (SC) is a great thing.”
And while Gildon rides the emotional high of his most recent scholarship, he still remains committed to the University of Oregon.
“The offer doesn’t affect my commitment all that much. I’m about 95% committed to Oregon.”
When asked whether or not he would take an official visit to USC, Gildon replied.
“I haven’t even thought about it yet. I just got the offer last night and I haven’t really had a chance to sit down with my family and talk it over.”
With two current teammates at Oaks Christian committed to USC, Marshall Jones and Marc Tyler, you could assume that they would be trying to sway Gildon and his commitment.
“No, they haven’t really said much. Marc talks a little about it, but nothing too major yet.”
Gildon has been nothing short of perfect in his first four games, accumulating some very impressive numbers.
“I don’t really know my stats right now. But I have five interceptions in four games.”
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