"Those three things, I think, got to be found in a leader in whatever they do," said Gilchrist. "Sports wise, your teammates see that and they'll follow right behind that. In academics as well as the community, you use those things to get done what needs to get done."
On the gridiron, Gilchrist stars at wide receiver, defensive back and returner for High Point (N.C.) Andrews High School. The 5-foot-11, 165-pounder has helped the Red Raiders to a 2-1 start this season. Thus far, he has returned both a punt and a fumble for touchdowns.
A Scout.com four-star recruit, Gilchrist verbally committed to Clemson over scholarship offers from Duke, Florida, Georgia, Michigan, N.C. State, North Carolina, Notre Dame, Tennessee, USC, Virginia, and Virginia Tech.
Gilchrist is a three-time NCHSAA Scholar Athlete and maintains a 3.2 grade point average.
In his free time, Gilchrist is involved with mentoring programs at his school and in his church.
"I serve at the shelter with my church [and] here at school we have a mentor program where [I help] kids that aren't doing so well in school or have problems outside of school," said Gilchrist. "Basically, I [serve as] somebody that they can look to and know that they can do better than what they're doing."
"I have a very solid foundation with my family," said Gilchrist. "They push me to do everything. Everything I'm involved with, they're behind me 100-percent."
Excelling in all three facets has earned Gilchrist a nomination for the Carolina Panthers' Community Captains program.
"It would be a great honor to represent North Carolina and being recognized as being a leader here in North Carolina," said Gilchrist.
The Carolina Panthers Community Captains program will honor student-athletes that have exhibited outstanding leadership on the football field, in the classroom and in their communities. The first Community Captain will be announced on September 10th.
Community Captain Nominee: Marcus Gilchrist
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