The Trojan offer came on Monday, from a staff that had offered him when they were at Washington.
“It came as a big surprise honestly,” said Gilchrist. “I figured since they offered me at Washington that they would still be looking at me like they did. But I was excited for the USC offer.”
Now that Gilchrist has offers beyond the state, he plans to start looking at more schools.
“The offer from USC means I have to start checking out other schools and getting out and looking at other colleges outside of Washington,” said Gilchrist.
“Oregon, I have a lot of interest in and I’ve talked with one of their coaches,” said Gilchrist. “I’m definitely interested in UCLA and watched them with Myles (Jack) last year and know that Coach (Jim) Mora is a good coach.”
But that’s not to say he’s all in on leaving the state.
“I definitely like Washington a lot,” said Gilchrist. “The new staff offered me as a DB as well as the old staff did. And Washington State I’m also really interested in. Washington, I’ve visited a lot. But really, I’m interested in the whole Pac-12. I just haven’t been able to get out to many. I will though after the season.”
Entering his second year as a starter for the Wolverines, Gilchrist is one of the standouts of a team that has won six straight state titles and is going for its seventh straight and hasn’t lost a game since 2009.
They’ll be tested from the get-go when they travel down to San Diego to meet Gardena (Calif.) Serra in the Honor Bowl.
“It’s a huge game for us because we have the streak on our shoulders,” said Gilchrist. “We don’t want to let down our team, our community or our alumni.”