"For weeks I talked to coach (Erik) Campbell off and on and then one day a few weeks ago he put me on with Coach Carr," Gilchrist recalled. "He talked about how they liked my film and he basically said that he had a scholarship in my name for the University of Michigan."
Gilchrist is no stranger to the tradition of great defensive backs in Ann Arbor, and that is part of what has piqued his interest in the Wolverines.
It's clear that Michigan is peering back at Gilchrist even more intensely, but so too are a number of other schools. He claims 12 offers to date and that number will surely rise when more coaches view his film. The 5-11, 175-pounder was a lockdown defender last season, registering 40 tackles and 11 interceptions, three of which were returned for touchdowns. On top of that, he had nine more treks to the house on four kickoff returns, three punt returns, and two receptions on offense. If that isn't enough, Gilchrist is also a playmaker on the basketball floor.
Gilchrist exploits as a point guard for T Wingate Andrews high have garnered looks from college programs for that sport as well.
“Basketball was my first love," Gilchrist said to IrishEyes.com last month. “I’m still a two-sport man. I’ve got to decide which I want to go to school for. I’ve got to talk that over with my parents. I really haven’t set a deadline. I just know that I want to know what I want to do by the end of the summer.”
A number of programs recruiting Gilchrist for football have taken notice of his interest in playing basketball on the next level and have presented him with the option of playing both sports. Michigan is one of the schools to offer that scenario, but the youngster still isn't sure which way he'll go.
"I really don't know if I'll play both sports, or just one at this point," admitted Gilchrist. "I want to see how much of a load it would be on me physically and academically to play both. I'm thinking about it though. Michigan, South Carolina, Notre Dame, Penn State, Clemson… a lot of them have said I could. I know one of the Michigan basketball coaches called my coach to talk to him. I've tried to call him back, but I haven't been able to talk to him yet."
Whatever sport Gilchrist decides to pursue, there will be a set list of criteria the school he ultimately chooses has to meet. "First they have to have my major," he said. "I want to major in computer engineering or computer science. I'm also looking for stability in the coaching staff. I want to know that the coaches are going to be around. And then I want to be able to come in and compete for playing time right away."
Gilchrist hopes to make his decision prior to the start of his senior season. That makes getting him on campus this summer a major priority for each of his suitors. The Tar Heel State standout indicated that Ann Arbor will likely be one of his destinations/
"I don't know if I'll go to the Michigan's camp yet, but I'll probably take an unofficial visit if I don't," said Gilchrist.
"I don't really have a favorite or anything," he said later. "Right now I'm wide open. I'm open to any school right now."