South Pointe's Stephon Gilmore has accepted an invitation to play in next year's Under Armour/ESPN High School All-America Football Game.
Bill Conley, a recruiting analyst for ESPN, said Gilmore was called and invited Monday and that he accepted the offer to play in the game on Jan. 4, 2009, in Orlando, Fla.
It was thought that Gilmore would play in the US. Army All-American Game in Texas and he can still change his mind. He attended a combine that was part of this year's game.
"We already knew about Stephon anyway, but a couple of us sat down and evaluated the DVDs we have of him,'' said Conley, a former Ohio State player and assistant coach. "We decided he's one of the most outstanding rising senior players in the country.
"We invited Stephon as an athlete because he's so gifted that he can play several positions and play them well. We want to bring in the top 80 to 85 high school players in the country and divide them into two balanced teams.''
Gilmore (6-foot-1, 190 pounds) was South Pointe's quarterback. He completed 97-of-207 passes for 1,679 yards and 13 touchdowns and had 164 carries for 1,145 yards and 12 TDs.
The next game will be the second All-America game hosted by ESPN and Under Armour. The first attracted Chester's C.C. Whitlock, Summerville's A.J. Green, Bamberg-Ehrhardt's Da'Quan Bowers, Berkeley's Andre Ellington and Columbia's Kenneth Page.
Whiltock, who signed with South Carolina as an athlete, intercepted a pass and ran it back 38 yards for a touchdown in his team's 14-13 loss.