Gilchrist Impressed with Death Valley

Clemson verbal commitment Marcus Gilchrist traveled to Tigertown last Saturday to watch the Tigers' 2006 season opener against Florida Atlantic.

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"I enjoyed it a whole lot. I had a great time. I went down with Landon Walker," Gilchrist told

"I thought the defense really played especially well. They played solid as a whole. They didn't give up any touchdowns."

Not surprisingly, the WestZone received praise from Gilchrist and the other recruits that attended Saturday's contest.

"I had seen it before, but now it is finished," he said. "I hadn't seen all of the TV's and everything. It was first class. I talked to everybody that was there. We all talked in the new recruiting room."

So far, Gilchrist's senior year is off to a fast start.

"I had about 300 all purpose yards on Friday night," he said. "I had one touchdown on a 40-yard fumble recovery return. Most of my all-purpose yards were on returns. We are now 2-1 on the year."'s No. 2 player in North Carolina is also working to convince another star defensive back to follow him to Clemson.

"I am still working Chris Culliver pretty good," he said. "I think Clemson has a good shot."

The prize recruit added that he plans to be back in Death Valley later this fall.

"I will probably be back for the North Carolina game," stated Gilchrist. Top Stories