Junior Video: Marcus Gilchrist

A dynamic player, Marcus Gilchrist was an all-state selection as a return specialist following his junior season. He also projects as a cornerback on the next level, where he tallied 11 interceptions to lead the state. Here's your chance to catch the High Point (NC) Andrews star in action!

Name: Marcus Gilchrist
Hometown: High Point, North Carolina
High School: Andrews High School
Position: Cornerback/Kick Returner
Vitals: 5'11/170/4.38

Notes: Marcus Gilchrist had a super junior season, as he recorded more than 40 tackles and tallied 11 interceptions. He also added four kick return touchdowns, three punt return scores, two touchdown receptions, and returned three interceptions for touchdowns, proving his ability to score whenever he touches the ball.

For his efforts, Gilchrist earned all-conference honors and was a first-team all-state selection as a return specialist.

He has already received an offer from NC State, and programs like Virginia Tech, Virginia, North Carolina, and Clemson are expressing heavy interest.

Coach Quote: "Marcus is a real heady football player, and he has great ability to control his hips," said coach Anderson. "He has a strong backpedal and plays smart football. He doesn't get caught out of position.

"He led us in all-purpose yards and was our leading scorer. He played a bunch of roles for us, and he's a threat all the time, especially when we had him at the return positions.

"We just try and find as many ways as we can to get him touches. He's just one of those exceptional athletes.

"He's always constantly trying to get better and make people around him better." -- T.W. Andrews head coach Derek Anderson

Scouting Report 1: "Marcus Gilchrist from TW Andrews High School in High Point, NC was one of the state's most lethal kick returners. He totaled six special teams touchdowns en route to all-state honors. Gilchrist is a player that, given any crease at all, has the explosiveness and vision to take it to the house on every kick or punt. At 5-11, 175 pounds, he isn't the largest player but more than makes up for it with speed and quickness. At cornerback he displays solid cover skills and tremendous focus with the ability to adjust to the ball at the last second to come away with a pass breakup or interception. While some have pegged Gilchrist for cornerback, he has the hands and game-breaking ability to at least garner some consideration as a wide receiver on the next level and could prove to be a demon on special teams." -- Pack Pride Recruiting Analyst Steve Williams

Scouting Report 2: "Gilchrist has a short but quick running style which allows for tremendous acceleration and change of direction and makes him dangerous on returns. He has great hips, good awareness of players around him, though I would like to see him get a little more physical in pass coverage." -- Scout.com Recruiting Analyst Miller Safrit

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