He visited the Ducks for the Oklahoma game and says he instantly felt at home there. "I just felt very comfortable with them," Gildon said. "I like all the coaches and the players and could see myself going there."
The Ducks didn't seem to have a lot of competition until USC offered him. "USC offered me during the season, so I decided to check them out," Gildon said. "I like that it's in California. That's a big plus for me. There's a lot to do in Los Angeles and I love the weather here."
Besides the geographic differences, he says the Ducks and Trojans have two very different coaching staffs. "The USC coaches are super upbeat and are always jumping around and yelling. They are very high energy," Gildon said. "The Oregon coaches get excited, but they don't act like that. It's different up there.
"Even though it's not in California, I like that Oregon is a college town," Gildon said. "Everything revolves around the school."
Gildon has already had his in-home visits from both USC and Oregon coaches this week and says he'll know 100 percent within the next few days. "I just need to talk everything over with my family," Gildon said. "Coach Steve Greatwood (Oregon offensive line coach) was at my house on Wednesday (Jan. 31) and we just went over the Letter-of-Intent and some of the business things. I already know everything about them, so it's not like I had a lot of questions. He knows that I visited USC, but knows that I'm still committed to them."
Despite USC only having a 30 percent chance of getting Gildon's signature, he said he was very impressed with his official visit. "I really liked getting to know all the players," Gildon said. "My host was Allen Bradford (freshman tailback), but I hung out a lot with all of the players. They really gave me a clear view of what it would be like to be a student-athlete there.
"It was a fun experience overall," Gildon said. "We ate at the Saddle Ranch Chop House on Sunset and hung out in the dorms a lot."
On Wednesday (Jan. 30), Gildon hosted USC coaches Steve Sarkisian (assistant head coach/quarterback coach) and Todd McNair (running back/special teams coach) at his house.
Gildon finished his senior season with 50 tackles and 10 interceptions. His team finished with a perfect 15-0 record.
He reports a 2.5 core GPA and a 22 ACT.