Gilchrist Commits to Clemson

HIGH POINT, N.C. - The Tigers' 2007 recruiting efforts received a big shot in the arm on Thursday when the nation's No. 9 cornerback prospect announced a verbal commitment to Clemson. Gilchrist, a 4-star prospect is the Tigers' 11th verbal commitment in the 2007 recruiting class.

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One of the top cornerback prospects in the country, North Carolina native Marcus Gilchrist, is a Clemson Tiger.

Thursday afternoon at a press conference held at Andrews High School in High Point, N.C., Gilchrist made the announcement public.

"I'm committed to Clemson," he said. "I just felt a connection with the staff. In the end it is where I felt more comfortable. When I was there I just had that gut feeling that it was right for me."

Gilchrist chose the Tigers over offers from Georgia, Virginia Tech, Tennessee, Notre Dame, North Carolina and N.C. State, but his final top three schools were Clemson, Georgia and North Carolina.

"Really I just wanted to get it out of the way," he said. "I felt comfortable with it and I just wanted to go ahead and do it. I felt that connection with that staff (at Clemson) and wanted to just go ahead and do it.

As a junior on defense Gilchrist recorded 40 tackles and 11 interceptions.

Marcus Gilchrist, the nation's No. 9 cornerback prospect according to Scout.com, chose the Tigers over Georgia and North Carolina Thursday afternoon.
"The biggest thing is he has great body control and that is one of his big assets," said Andrews head coach Derrick Anderson. "It is like his hips are on a swivel. He can go get balls that sometimes you think he shouldn't get."

Gilchrist also scored 11 touchdowns, including three punt returns for scores, three kick returns, two interception returns as well as one receiving and two rushing.

"His greatest thing as a returner is his instincts," added Anderson. "He has explosiveness. He has that unique gift that I don't think you can coach. He knows when to change gears and when to throttle it down. That makes him real elusive."

Gilchrist's offensive numbers included 86 total plays yielding 220 rushing yards and 181 receiving.

Tight ends coach Billy Napier was Gilchrist's primary recruiter to Clemson.

CUTigers.com will have much more from today's press conference coming up shortly.


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