One of the top cornerbacks in the east narrowed his list of schools to five earlier this month. Clemson, Georgia, North Carolina, Notre Dame and Virginia Tech were the fortunate programs to make the cut and all five are anxiously awaiting a decision from Andrews (High Point, N.C.) star Marcus Gilchrist .
“Those are the top five schools I felt most comfortable with,” Gilchrist said. “With all of them, I basically took a look at academics. All of them have my major, which is Computer Engineering. That was another reason why those schools made the cut.
“I like all five schools that I picked. It’s just a matter of finding which one is going to fit me academically, socially and sports-wise the best. It’s a matter of finding the one I’m most comfortable with.”
As a junior last season, Gilchrist made 40 tackles and had 11 interceptions (returning two for touchdowns). An excellent return man, he totaled six touchdowns on special teams (two punt returns, four kick returns) and earned first-team all-state honors last season at kick returner.
“I have great speed for a corner. I have good hips, good feet and just a good knack for going up and getting balls,” Gilchrist said. “To be a good cornerback, you’ve got to be mentally tough. Any given day you can get burnt. You have to be ready to come back. I have that mentality.”
Virginia Tech is led by primary recruiter Mike O’Cain. Gilchrist has visited Tech before and discussed his experience.
“The visit there was real good,” Gilchrist said. “I got to go to a class and see how the Computer Science part was. I got to watch them practice. I was at the spring game, too.”
As for when a decision will come, Gilchrist says “I’m probably going to commit next month. I’m going to Georgia and that’s the last place I’ve got to go.”
Gilchrist is a standout basketball player as well and says he may try and play both sports in college if he can handle the academic workload. Right now, he is content with focusing on football.
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