Landstown Star Commits to VT

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Virginia Tech will receive a commitment tomorrow morning from one of the top wide receiver prospects in the state of Virginia, Landstown (Virginia Beach, VA) star Jeremy Gilchrist.

Landstown Head Coach Chris Beatty has confirmed the commitment.

“He came home from his visit to Kent State and we talked about it this afternoon, so he went ahead and decided on Virginia Tech,” Beatty said. “Virginia Tech was just too tough to pass up. Playing in the ACC and going to Virginia Tech was tough to turn down. He’s really excited about it.

“Jeremy is going to call Virginia Tech tomorrow morning (December 17th), but Coach Cav already knows.”

Gilchrist chose the Hokies over scholarship offers from Kent State and Connecticut. Colorado offered early on in the recruiting process, however tailed off in its recruitment of the 5-11, 185 pound wide receiver.

As a senior, Gilchrist made 87 catches for 1,439 yards and 18 touchdowns. Coach Beatty believes he will be able to help Virginia Tech greatly at the wide receiver position over the next four years.

“I think he’s got a chance to play early,” Beatty said. “He’s well ahead of most high school receivers right now in terms of knowing the details of the wide receiver position. Jeremy’s also the hardest worker on our team. He never misses a workout, and he uses his free time to make himself a better player. He’s usually in early to practice, watching film with the coaches. That’s just Jeremy. He’s not a guy that’s going to let himself not be a great player.”

Gilchrist was a key component in Landstown’s run to the Division 6 state championship. In addition to playing wide receiver, he was an excellent punt returner and defensive back. He averaged 30.7 yards per punt return and had nine interceptions.

Virginia Tech now has twelve verbal commitments for the 2004 class, fourteen including 2003 signees and re-commits Cory Holt and DJ Parker. Gilchrist, who is on track to qualify academically, is the second wide receiver to commit to Virginia Tech.

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