Gilchrist Has Connections at UNC

BURLINGTON, N.C. four-star cornerback Marcus Gilchrist recently narrowed his list of 20 scholarship offers to a more manageable five schools – Clemson, Georgia, North Carolina, Notre Dame, and Virginia Tech.

"Those were the five that I felt most comfortable with academically, socially, and athletically," said Gilchrist, while sitting out Wednesday's 7-on-7 at Cummings High School with a minor ankle injury.

Gilchrist, a 5-foot-11, 165-pounder from High Point (N.C.) Andrews, has unofficially visited each of his favorites with the exception of Georgia. He plans to take a trip to Athens on July 7th and then make his college decision soon thereafter.

"Pretty much after the Georgia visit, I'll make my decision after that," said Gilchrist. "It will be shortly after the Georgia visit – could be like a week after it."

Come decision time, Gilchrist, who doesn't claim a leader, will compare notes with his parents looking for the ultimate fit.

"With all five schools, like I said I'm basically comfortable with, it's just going to be the one I felt the most comfortable with – with players and with coaches," said Gilchrist.

Being the ninth-ranked cornerback in the nation by, Gilchrist could have taken his time with his decision. However, he has decided to get it out of his way to avoid distractions.

"I feel like I just want to be able to enjoy my senior season and not have to deal with a lot of recruiting," said Gilchrist.

An advantage for UNC is that Gilchrist has visited Chapel Hill more often than any other school.

"I guess it's so close I get there a lot of times," said Gilchrist. "A lot of my buddies committed there, so I go up there with them sometimes."

His friends – Albert Craddock and Dwight Jones – have been in Gilchrist's ear in an attempt to have him join them on North Carolina's commitment list.

"Yeah, you know they are trying [to recruit me]," said Gilchrist with a laugh. "They just tell me what they like about Carolina and why they chose to go there. You know, trying to open my eyes up to the things that they saw."

While he claims it doesn't provide an edge, Gilchrist's Tar Heel friends can only help UNC's chances.

"I wouldn't say that [it gives UNC an edge], because I don't really want to base my decision on what they did," said Gilchrist. "It would be tremendous to play with them in college, though."

In addition to the connection already established with two pledges, Gilchrist has also established a solid relationship with members of the coaching staff – especially his primary recruiter, Marvin Sanders.

"I talk to Coach Sanders probably about three or four times a week," said Gilchrist. "I talk to Coach ‘Thig' [Tommy Thigpen] all the time; I talk to Coach [John] Bunting. I feel comfortable around the coaching staff. I think that's what you need to have with a college that's in your top five.

"We talk about everything – that's the thing I like about them. It's not all just about football. It's about academics and life in general. I enjoy their company and I'm sure they enjoy mine, too."

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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