DB "Really Liked the Academics"

One of the top defensive backs in the southeast made the quick trip to Clemson this weekend for the annual Orange & White game.

Marcus Gilchrist, one of the top cornerbacks in the southeast for the class of 2007, took an unofficial visit to Clemson over the weekend. "It went pretty good. I went up with my mom, dad and my coach. We went up on Friday," Gilchrist told CUTigers.com.

"I really liked the academic part. I liked the stability, coaching wise. I know all the coaches at Clemson will be there a long time. I also really liked the players. I was able to talk with a couple of them."

The Clemson coaching staff did their best to sell the Tigers. "I basically got to talk with all of the coaches down there. They were just trying to sell me on how good Clemson is academically and as a football team. They did a good job," Gilchrist said.

Did visit change the talented cornerback's favorites? "It moved them up a little bit," he responded. "I really don't have any favorites, but Clemson definitely moved up."

The unofficial visit tour will continue for the prize recruit this upcoming weekend. "Yeah I am going to Virginia Tech on Friday," he said. "Then I will be going to Notre Dame the next weekend."

What does Gilchrist's current offer list look like? "Right now I have offers from Clemson, North Carolina State, North Carolina, Notre Dame, South Carolina, Michigan, Michigan State, Florida and Duke," he said.

And what about a decision timeframe? "I will probably commit sometime this summer. I want to get it over with going into the season," he said.

What will be most important to Gilchrist when he selects a school? "It will be academics. I will be looking at graduation rates. I will also look to see how they do in my major. I want to major in Computer Engineering," added Gilchrist.

As a junior, Gilchrist accumulated 12 all-purpose touchdowns (four kick returns, three punt returns, two interceptions, one reception, and two rushing). He also picked off 11 passes on defense and recorded 40 tackles.

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