Gilchrist signed with Florida Atlantic after a solid prep career at Charter Oak High School in Covina, California, but he didn't finish what he started and he had to look around for a new home shortly after arriving at FAU.
"I failed some classes to finish up my senior year and I ended up needing to redshirt at FAU," Gilchrist told JCFootball.com. "I sorta dug a hole for myself and I got depressed and discouraged and it just was the best thing for me to start looking around for a JUCO to play at so I could get my academics back where they needed to be and so I could get a fresh start."
Gilchrist enjoyed a solid freshman season for the Mounties this past fall when he posted 17 receptions for 287 yards and four touchdowns and he is the top returning receiver from last year's group.
"I can do whatever they ask me to do," Gilchrist said matter-of-factly. "I can get down the field or I can use my size to be a possession guy and be physical. I ran a 4.4 forty this spring and I feel like I can get deep pretty well and with my size, I can go up and usually I will come down with it."
So far, Gilchrist hasn't seen much in the way of offers, but he has spoken to a handful of schools and recently took an unofficial visit to a local Pac 12 program.
"I talked a lot with Boise State, San Diego State and Colorado during the spring and I recently went up to USC and took an unofficial visit there," Gilchrist noted. "They said they like me and we talked about what they needed from me -- I need a 2.5 GPA and to finish certain classes -- and that they were going to be keeping track of my progress."
This summer, Gilchrist has been hard at work on the practice field and in the weight room and he said he hopes to be the dynamic playmaker he knows he can be.
"I am working a lot on being more explosive and getting in and out of my cuts smoother," Gilchrist said. "I'm also trying to get stronger and that's all about putting in the work this offseason."
Gilchrist is on pace to finish up his degree in December and he will have two years to play two following the 2014 football season.
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