RECRUITING: Gilchrist Has Offer From Florida

High Point (NC) Andrews is home to one of the best cornerback prospects in America for the class of 2007. At 5-11 and 170 pounds, Marcus Gilchrist has ideal size to play the position and he's got 4.45 speed to go with outstanding quickness and flexibility. Not only is he athletically gifted, he's equally talented in the classroom.

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"Sweet G" is the nickname his classmates have given him at Andrews. With a 3.7 GPA on a college prep course load to go with his athletic achievements, you could say that the G also stands for Genius.

For Gilchrist, going to college won't be just about football. He has a plan to make something of himself in a field where he's already finding success even though he's still in high school.

"Academics are the biggest thing," Gilchrist said. "I plan on being a computer engineer. I am in a computer engineering class right now and we build computers and do some networking on the computer. I will take the second class next year and when I take that class I can take what they call the A+ exam and go get a job in that field. It also earns college credit."

Talking to this guy on the phone kind of spooled me. Here I am looking at my computer screen and interviewing Marcus, and I got the feeling he could see everything that was on my screen while we were talking. He really knows his stuff.

"I like building and fixing computers," he said. "I want to create networks and stuff like that. I could make video games. I networked my entire house. I have a laptop and a base computer and I made it a hub and can roam wireless in my house."

When this guy talks academics, he means it.

Still, all those college coaches that came by in the spring to ask about Gilchrist weren't there to talk computers even though that's a huge part of his future. They were there to look at a ball hawk of a corner that intercepted 11 passes as a junior. That ability to break on the ball and come away with it is one of the premiere reasons Gilchrist is one of the top cornerbacks in the nation. He has about 15 offers so far including one from the Florida Gators.

"I am hearing from everybody," he said. "I have about 15 offers right now. I am planning on tripping (summer camps), but I am not sure where I am going to yet."

He is very interested in what the Gators have to say. He has had a few conversations with the Gators recruiter for North Carolina, John "Doc" Holliday, and Florida Head Coach Urban Meyer.

"Yeah, I am interested," he said. "I have talked to both (Holliday and Meyer). They just said I am a good corner and they say I have good instincts to the ball."

North Carolina doesn't have spring practice so coaches couldn't really come out and watch Gilchrist do his thing. When asked what coaches like most about him, he had two simple words, "I compete."

Marcus Gilchrist is on target to be a huge success on and off the football field. Bright is the opportune word in describing the future of this soon to be collegiate star.

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