Gilchrist Takes In USC Junior Day

The top running back prospect in the state of South Carolina in the class of 2008 is Abbeville (SC) workhorse Toquavius Gilchrist, and the star tailback visited Columbia on Saturday for South Carolina's annual junior day. Did the elite in-state prospect enjoy his time at USC? Read inside to find out.

The 6'2, 195 pound Gilchrist, who rushed for 1500 yards and 16 touchdowns as a junior, talked about his trip to Columbia for South Carolina's junior day event.

"It went good. I got to talk to Coach (Robert) Gillespie, the running back coach, and I met Coach Steve Spurrier and some of the other coaches on the staff," said Gilchrist. "Basically they talked about the recruiting process and the new NCAA rules. They invited us into groups, and we talked to each position coach, depending on what you played. They told us what they're looking for when they come to recruit us, and what we need to do as far as schoolwork if we want to get offered."

Gilchrist is receiving strong interest from major programs like South Carolina, Wake Forest, Tennessee, Florida, North Carolina, and Notre Dame, but his only offer to date is from Clemson. With his only offer coming from the in-state Tigers, Gilchrist currently favors Clemson, but the Gamecocks have started showing increased interest in the Abbeville standout in recent weeks.

"They just recently started sending me letters and stuff. I haven't been talking to them for a long time, but they're very talented down there. They care about the students, and they look outside of just athletes."

Gilchrist, who said that he is thinking about making an early decision, knows what he is looking for in a school.

"I just want to see how I would fit in outside of being an athlete and how good of an education I can get."

When asked to describe himself as a player, Gilchrist, who is the cousin of Clemson's 2007 signee Marcus Gilchrist, replied that he is the ultimate team player on the gridiron.

"I'm athletic, and I'm willing to work to do anything for the team. My strengths are my vision and just my power to run."

The 2008 prospect closed by sharing his thoughts on his upcoming senior season.

"I'm hoping it goes pretty good. We're having a good offseason right now, and I think we'll be good next year."

Stay tuned to for all the latest on this Palmetto State prospect.

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