Gilchrist nearing a decision

Notre Dame has had tremendous success recruiting the Southeast since the new staff arrived in South Bend. A large part of their success can be attributed to defensive backs coach Bill Lewis. The Irish would like to add cornerback Marcus Gilchrist of Wingate Andrews high school (High Point, N.C.) to their roster, but they will have an uphill battle.

Notre Dame signed Raeshon McNeil from North Carolina in the 2006 recruiting class, and they'd love Marcus Gilchrist (5-foot-11, 170 pounds) to join him. In order to do that they're going to need to get Marcus to visit South Bend. He's Already visited most of the schools he is considering, and he'll make a trip to Athens to see what the Bulldogs have to offer.

"I'm going to Georgia," Gilchrist responded when asked about his plans for the week. "I'm going up Thursday and staying through Saturday. It's my first trip.

"I'll probably make my decision after that."

Gilchrist has had most of the top programs in the country offer him a scholarship, but he has been able to whittle his choices to five, Clemson, North Carolina, Virginia Tech, Notre Dame and Georgia.

Although he hasn't visited South Bend, Marcus said he'd like to do so at some point.

"I've talked to coach Lewis, and I want to make [Notre Dame] one of my officials," Gilchrist explained. "Right now it's just hard for me to get up that way."

As a junior, Gilchrist registered 40 tackles, 11 interceptions and 11 touchdowns. Top Stories