Gilchrist: 'They Have It All'

Although Marcus Gilchrist was on campus over the weekend for academic purposes, his visit indirectly impacted his football recruitment as North Carolina continues to make positive progress with the shutdown cornerback.

Gilchrist, a 5-foot-11 170-pounder from High Point (N.C.) Andrews, participated in Project Uplift, a program that introduces minority students in good academic standing to college life and the admission process.

"It helped because I've learned more about [North] Carolina than other schools," said Gilchrist. "It talked about campus life at Carolina. Basically, it was for minority students to get them onto campus so that they can see what things are like."

While the stay lacked the football theme most trips to Chapel Hill have had for Gilchrist, the coaching staff was very much involved.

"Coach [Tommy] Thigpen actually spoke at our dinner," said Gilchrist. "And he and Coach [Marvin] Sanders came to the dinner, and they came to the talent show, too.

"We really didn't talk about football, we just had fun."

While Gilchrist denies having any favorites, he admitted that North Carolina is in a very good position coming off of this visit.

"They will be in my top five," said Gilchrist. "They have it all – they have the academics, the coaches are great, and I can see a rise in the football program."

Gilchrist, who holds approximately 15 scholarship offers, plans to have his list of schools narrowed down to five in "about a month or so."

Currently, Gilchirst's offers sheet includes Clemson, Duke, East Carolina, Florida, Georgia, Maryland, Michigan, Michigan State, N.C. State, North Carolina, Notre Dame, South Carolina, USC, Tennessee, Virginia, and Virginia Tech.

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. He was named to the Associated Press All-State Team as a kick returner.

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