Will Gilchrist, 6-2, 190 pound quarterback from Savannah-Hardin County (Tenn.) is a special quarterback prospect who has the ability to beat you with his legs and his arm. During the preseason he made his commitment to play for Memphis as part of their class of 2009 and he is staying solid to that idea. He said of the recruiting process from the Memphis staff, "It's good. The coaches from Memphis came to watch me and they said after seeing me there is no doubt I am the guy they want."
This season has been filled with trips for Gilchrist to check out the Tigers including one of their road games. He reported, "I went to see them play Ole Miss at Ole Miss and then I saw them play Rice at Memphis. It's only a two hour drive so I get to as many games as I can."
One key element for a commitment, especially a quarterback commitment, often becomes their ability to help recruit other prospects. Gilchrist explained, "I've already met some guys who committed. The quarterback coach told me it was going to be a good recruiting class and he wanted me to talk to some of the guys. I want to help get some offensive linemen and a good group of receivers for me to throw to the next few years."
As far as the season for the Tigers from Savannah-Hardin County, it seems to be going well as they have taken off to a 4-1 record. Gilchrist commented, "We've been doing well. We won our first three games at home. We've been throwing it well and running it well too. I feel good about us making the playoffs and hopefully winning a bunch of games." In the most recent win over McNairy Central, Gilchrist completed 18 out of 23 passes for 274 yards and three touchdowns. He was also able to show off his quick feet as he rushed for 105 yards on 11 carries and two touchdowns.
Even though his commitment is firm to Memphis several schools have thought enough of his abilities to stay close just in case. He said, "Middle Tennessee is still recruiting a lot. Oklahoma State calls me some and they send a lot of mail. But I'm not the type of guy who promises to do something and then not do it."