It has been well documented how loaded this year's Westlake Village (Calif.) Oaks Christian squad was. One player who never seemed to get the hype his talent deserved was defensive back Anthony Gildon. Gildon committed early to Oregon but took a visit this past weekend to USC.
Gildon, 6-1, 185 pounds is easily one of the nation's top cover corners. In fact, if anyone wanted to say Gildon, and not Long Beach Poly's Donovan Warren, was the top cover man in the state, we wouldn't argue with them.
The athlete committed early to Oregon but after taking a visit to USC this past weekend, this one looks far from over.
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"I'm definitely confused right now, I'm all over the place," Gildon said. "I had a great time on the visit and the relationship between the players and coaches there is very special. You can tell everyone is one big family there and they really look out for each other.
"Allen Bradford was my host and he was a real cool guy to hang out with. He played a few different positions this past year and told me if you're good enough, you'll play at SC. Freshman can play there if you're good enough and that is a big selling point.
"As for the trip itself, I've been to USC a number of times before so I was already pretty familiar with the campus and everything. The only that was pretty new for me was the Galen Center. The last time I was there, they were still building it but it looks great now.
"It's going to be a very tough decision for me to decide between Oregon and USC. Oregon is a great school and I loved it there. I'm so comfortable with the players and coaches there.
"With USC, I know I'll have a chance to compete for a national title every year I was there and that's a big deal for me. USC is coming for a home visit this Tuesday and then Oregon will be over on Wednesday.
"I don't have a deadline or a certain date when I want to make my decision by. I'm just going to talk things over with my family and when I feel I know where the best place for me is, that's when I'll make my final decision. It's going to come down to a gut feeling for me, that's the bottom line.
"I have friends going to both schools, USC and Oregon, but honestly, they're not recruiting me as hard as some people would think. I think because were all friends, they just want what's best for me and they're just going to let me make my own decision."