Historically Notre Dame hasn't been overly successful recruiting North Carolina. That trend seems to be changing as the Irish already have a commitment from North Carolina native Kerry Neal, and they are heavily involved with some of the top prospect in the state, including Marcus Gilchrist (5-11, 175 pounds).
"Yeah I'm interested," Gilchrist said when asked if he had interest in playing football at Notre Dame. "I heard they saw some film on me and that they were interest.
"I always put my education first. I want to major in computer engineering or computer science. Second, I look for the stability of the coaching staff. Then, will I get a chance to come in and play?"
Gilchrist is a tremendous athlete. When he has the ball in his hands he's a threat to take it the distance, but despite his big play ability on offense he'd like to make a home for him self on the other side of the ball in college.
"I started out playing running back when I was younger, but as I got to high school I started playing wide receiver," Gilchrist explained. " I want to play corner though. I've played safety and then moved to corner. I like being on the team's best receiver and shutting him down."
Gilchrist can shut down an opponent's receiver. One thing that isn't going to stop anytime soon is the flood of recruiting interest from top programs.
"It's been picking up everyday," Gilchrist said of the interest he is receiving from colleges. "Yesterday I talked to coach Beamer (Virginia Tech). I talked to coach Meyer (Florida). I talked to coach Bowden of Clemson. I also talked to coaches from Tennessee and Duke.
"I'm interested in anywhere I can play. I'm sitting back and waiting to see who offers. Right now, I have legit offers from North Carolina, Duke, Clemson, and North Carolina State."
Although Gilchrist has a strong list of early scholarship offers for football, he still has to decide if his future is the gridiron or the hardwood.
"Basket ball was my first love, Gilchrist said. "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."
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.
Gilchrist plans on attending the North Carolina Shrine combine and the Scout.com combine in Durham.