Dawgman.com In-State 2016 Top 25: #3

We're down to the final three on our list of top 2016 prospects from the state of Washington and today we focus on the top defensive back in the entire Pacific Northwest, Bellevue's Isaiah Gilchrist...

Attributes: He's not the prototypical corner for today's football, but even at 5'10" and 180 pounds, Gilchrist has enough size and ball skills to be a real menace to even the biggest receivers he faces. When you watch Gilchrist in coverage, he's smooth in and out of his breaks and he has elite ball skills that allow him to pick off passes or, at the very least, knock the ball down.

Things To Work On: While Gilchrist is rarely out-muscled for the ball at the prep level, he definitely needs to get stronger in order to handle duties versus the bigger wideouts that are so prevalent on college offenses. Probably the biggest knock on Gilchrist is his lack of physicality. It's not like he shies away from contact, but, at least to this point, he's really only serviceable in run-support.

Position Projection: Gilchrist is a straight cover corner. He can play man-to-man or off-man, because of his incredible ball skills, and in zone coverage he does a good job of reading routes and making plays on the ball in the air. Because he's got very good speed and elite athleticism, Gilchrist could wind up being a very special punt or kick returner in college as well.

Recruiting Buzz: Gilchrist currently holds offers from most of the Pac 12 and he recently named a top five of Washington, Arizona, California, Oregon and USC. The four-star corner wants to take all of his official visits this fall and those will go a long way in helping him decide where he plays football for the next four years.

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