Gilchrist visits USC

REDONDO BEACH, Calif. — Isaiah Gilchrist made the trip down to the IMG Passing Tournament this weekend from Washington, but Saturday wasn't his first time in Southern California.

Bellevue (Wash.) four-star cornerback Isaiah Gilchrist received a scholarship offer from USC last year, but since Steve Sarkisian was hired as head football coach by the Trojans, he has not seen remnants of the old Washington coaching staff in cardinal and gold.

Last week, Gilchrist unofficially visited USC for the first time, while also making his first trip to Los Angeles.

“I went to USC Tuesday and then went to UCLA,” said Gilchrist. “I liked the big city and all of the big skyscrapers. The weather is beautiful and it’s a nice city to live in. The traffic though… I’ll always remember the traffic. That was rough.”

Outside seeing Los Angeles as a city, Gilchrist wanted to meet up with the coaches he hasn’t seen since 2013.

“I knew the coaches at USC when they were at Washington, and I have a pretty good relationship with (secondary coach) Keith Heyward” said Gilchrist. “I went down there and took a campus tour, saw the facilities and watched practice because we got there right from the airport in the afternoon.

“I really liked the uptempo style they have practicing and just hanging with the coaches again. I haven’t seen them in a while and really only stay in contact through Twitter, so that was big for me.

“I didn’t get to talk to Coach Heyward a lot, because they had practice, but of course he brought up the great weather. He also talked to me about all of the top football players that have come through USC.

“He said he wanted me to become a part of the greatness that is USC. All their great players they’ve had and the No. 1 class they recruited just last year. His pitch was for me to be a part of that.”

Gilchrist is in the process of narrowing down his list of favorite schools. Tuesday’s visit to USC helped the Trojans chances of making that list.

“I’m trying to get it down to a top five or maybe a top three going into next season,” said Gilchrist. “I really want to take my officials though, so that makes it hard to narrowing it down too much.

“This visit helped USC though. I didn’t know the campus was that beautiful - it is a really beautiful campus. And as I said before, I really like the coaches. I knew them from Washington, but it was really good to sit down with them again and rekindle that relationship.”

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