Gilchrist Offered During Junior Day

Marcus Gilchrist left Chapel Hill Saturday in possession of something he did not have before he arrived – a North Carolina scholarship offer.

"They offered me when I first got there," said Gilchrist. "Somebody pulled me to the side and took me to Coach [John] Bunting's office. It was just a blessing to get an offer from him."

Gilchrist, a 5-foot-11 170-pound cornerback from High Point (N.C.) Andrews, was among the countless recruits in attendance for the Tar Heels' Junior Day.

"It went well," said Gilchrist. "First thing we did was take a tour of the campus, we got to watch the spring practice, we ate, and we met with our recruiting coach [Marvin Sanders] and with our position coach [also Sanders]."

In addition to the Tar Heels, Clemson and N.C. State have extended Gilchrist offers. However, he said he's still searching for the right climate.

"I'm not sure which of the schools that have offered me is my favorite – I haven't seen Clemson, yet," said Gilchrist. "I might like to go to California or Florida. I want to be somewhere that it is hot. It always seems cold in North Carolina."

Nevertheless, Gilchrist has grown fond of the UNC coaching staff especially his position coach.

"I like their whole coaching staff and their style of their defense," said Gilchrist. "I like Coach Sanders."

Also working in the Tar Heels favor is the verbal commitment of close friend Dwight Jones.

"I'm real good friends with Dwight Jones," said Gilchrist. "I called him up right after I heard that he committed. He started telling me about why he liked Carolina so much and that I should think about going to Carolina, too. I guess you could say that he has already started recruiting me."

This weekend Gilchrist will head to Tennessee for the Volunteers' Junior Day.

As a junior, Gilchrist accumulated 12 all-purpose touchdowns (four kick returns, three punt returns, two interceptions, one reception, and two rushing). He also picked off 11 passes on defense and recorded 40 tackles.

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 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." -- Recruiting Analyst Miller Safrit

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