Tenn. QB Talks About His Committment

One of the top quarterbacks in the state and the number 22 prospect in the PrepTennessee.com Top Talent of Tennessee Preseason Team has made his college choice. Find out who Will Gilchrist from Savannah-Hardin County (Tenn.) chose and why he made his choice.

Will Gilchrist reported, "I committed to the University of Memphis yesterday. They offered me last week right before camp." He added, "It's just a great situation and I'm looking forward to being a Memphis Tiger and I'm real excited about it. I'm pumped about it."

The relationship built with the coaches was a huge factor for Gilchrist. He explained, "I love their coaches and I feel real comfortable with them. I had a chance this summer to work one on one with the quarterbacks and his style is great."

A chance to come in and compete for playing time after a year to learn the system was a huge key for Gilchrist. He said of that opportunity, "I thought about it and talked to the quarterback coach, Coach Helton, and he told me about the situation at quarterback and earlier playing time."

Gilchrist and his Hardin County team recently camped in Memphis to round out their two a day practices. After the camp he felt it would be a good time to get a second look of Memphis while he was in town. He said, "I went to camp and I thought about it and thought it was great opportunity for me. When our camp was over my family and I went over to Memphis and they showed us around. They took us to the Liberty Bowl, they should me the apartments where the football players live, and I had a good chance to sit down and talk with Coach Helton one on one along with Coach West."

One thing that is typically important to quarterbacks is the style of offense being run by a team. For Gilchrist it was an important factor as well. He commented, "The offense they run is similar to what we do at my high school. They like to throw it a lot which is important."

Another big factor for Gilchrist was the location. He explained, "It's only two hours away and my parents will get to see me play almost every game. It is important for me to have them come. I'm glad they will be able to continue to see me play."

As far as the level of Gilchrist's commitment he explained, "This is where I want to go. I am not the kind of guy that will tell the coaches one thing and not do that. That's where I want to go and that's what I want to do."

Now that the pressure of the recruiting process is over he hopes to have a big senior season and chase after a gold ball. Gilchrist said, "We've got a good team this year and I'm excited about it. I didn't want to have a single distraction. I wanted to enjoy my senior year without worrying about anything else."

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