"I was hoping to take my visits, but after looking at my schedule and with our team stuff and the season here, I am just not sure if I'll be able to do that," Isaiah Gilchrist told Dawgman.com after a recent practice. "I've been talking to my mom and my coach (Butch Goncharoff) about whether I should take my officials or if I should just commit to a school and then wait and take that one official visit after my season."
Gilchrist has double-digit offers, but he's narrowed things down to a top three.
"In no order, it's Washington, Arizona State and Oregon," Gilchrist noted. "With ASU, I really like the defense they play and coach (Todd) Graham coaches the corners and in my experience through this process, I've never seen a head coach work with the corners like that.
"With U-Dub, I really love the coaching staff and they're right in my back yard, so it's tough to say no to that, plus I got all of my guys over there (former Bellevue players Budda Baker, Jake Eldrenkamp and Michael Kneip) and then Oregon, they're Oregon, they played in the National Championship last year, so that's crazy and it's an exciting place to play football."
All of the schools recruiting Gilchrist, a well-put-together 5'11, 190-pounder, like him as both a defensive back and a return man, but Oregon did mention a possible move from corner to safety.
"They all pretty much like me as a corner, but Oregon had said they could see putting some meat on me and moving me to safety," Gilchrist added.
As far as when Gilchrist could make his decision, the four-star prospect was non-committal, but said it's something that is weighing on his mind.
"I had hoped to make a decision on whether I would wait or commit now before the season, but then I got busy with football practices that started and with two-a-days next week, I just don't know," Gilchrist said. "It's hard because these are great opportunities, but I also want to focus on my senior season, so I just don't know right now."
Gilchrist and his Bellevue teammates will kickoff their season on September 11th when they play host to the consensus number one team in the country, Bishop Gorman from Las Vegas, Nevada.