Gilchrist Names New Leader & Top 3 List

What a difference a couple of months makes. Inside Abbeville RB Toquavius Gilchrist gives us his latest list and names a new leader. A strong showing this week could earn him an offer from his new leader at camp. Come inside with SCPrepNation.com for the latest on "Qua-Qua" Gilchrist.

Last year opposing teams knew what was coming from the Abbeville Panthers. It would be a steady dose of running back Toquavius Gilchrist and although teams keyed on the 2008 standout he still ran for a ridiculous 1450 yards on 170 carries. That breaks down to over 8.5 yards per carry and "Qua-Qua" carried it to the endzone 14 times last year. A few months ago he named a leader and SCPrepNation.com caught up with him for the latest regarding his recruitment.

The recruiting world is fast paced and continuous, that holds true for Toquavius Gilchrist as well. Just a few months back he named a leader in Clemson with heavy interest in Notre Dame and Georgia. In our latest interview with "Qua-Qua" he shared with us his updated list. "Right now my top three would have to be South Carolina, Virginia, and Clemson. South Carolina is my leader right now."

In fact Gilchrist will be in Columbia this coming Saturday he says for USC's camp. There he hopes to possibly impress the staff enough to garner a scholarship offer. Without an offer to this point that he's aware of the Abbeville star will likely be a candidate of the snowball effect once he gets that first offer. Given his size at 6'2 195 pounds and abilities he's a superb prospect.

The Abbeville standout sees room for improvement though. "I need to work on my breakaway speed. I've continued to work with my track coach and a speed coach after the season. Overall I've been working out really hard to get better and stronger at everything."

Looking ahead at his senior season he's set the bar high and hopes that along with his summer workouts he'll obtain scholarship offers from more schools. "Next year I want to come and do my very best, I want to rush for at least 2,000 yards." Given his tremendous combination of power and elusiveness we don't doubt that he'll accomplish that goal. Should his speed improve (fastest 40 time was 4.63) we expect "Qua-Qua" to be near or at the very top of the state's rushing leaders next year again.

South Carolina and Clemson have already been seen by Gilchrist but he plans to take another look while in Columbia this coming weekend. He hasn't seen Virginia yet but that could change soon as well.

"I'll be looking at a few things when I make my decision. First will be how good of an education I can get, also how far away or close a school is, and how much I like the overall atmosphere of the school."

Awaiting offers Gilchrist is a big time prospect and has a lot of upside so schools should take a harder look at the young man who's already become a legend in Abbeville. A decision will be made but don't expect one to come soon. "I'm trying to wait it out and see what happens as far as offers. After that I'll go from there." College coaches your next possible big star running back is waiting in Abbeville, SC.

SCPrepNation.com will have more updates on Toquavius Gilchrist and other standouts in the class of 2008 throughout the summer so stay tuned.

Abbeville RB Toquavius Gilchrist


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