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Gilmore has impressive list

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Six programs have already offered Malik Gilmore and the Lakewood, Calif., wide receiver is pleased with his list but more programs are showing interest so things are getting pretty exciting in his recruitment.
Notre Dame, Michigan, Washington, Utah, San Diego State and Duke are the six offers for Gilmore, a 6-foot-3, 195-pound prospect who missed his sophomore season with a knee injury but bounced back as a junior with 26 catches for 460 yards and six touchdowns.
"I'm very happy with my offers," Gilmore said. "I can't complain. I don't like any one more than the others. I'm just waiting for more to come."
Interest is coming in from Cal, Arkansas, Nebraska, LSU and others and Gilmore said he's expecting to visit Cal for its upcoming junior day. Trips to Notre Dame and possibly LSU could happen before his senior season starts.
There is a diverse list of schools coming after Gilmore, who said staying in the Pac-10 is definitely an option but he'd also be willing to leave the area to play in the SEC or another power conference.
"It doesn't really matter to me," Gilmore said. "Staying in the Pac-10 would be closer to home and that would be good but then again you have schools like LSU and Arkansas recruiting me. I wouldn't mind going out of state and having a different experience."
There is also another interesting angle to watch.
Cal signed Lakewood teammate Todd Barr, a four-star defensive end, in its 2011 recruiting class. That could play a factor in Gilmore's final decision if the Golden Bears continue to recruit him but won't be a major thing, he said.
"We're pretty good friends at school and it would be good to have a fellow teammate there but I wouldn't say it will play a really big role in my decision but it will have a little bit of influence on it," Gilmore said.
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