High Point, NC On Thursday one of the nation's top cornerbacks and kick returner answered the question that's been on a lot of peoples mind. After opening his announcement with thanks to the Lord, Marcus Gilchrist went on to announce where he would play college football. "After careful consideration, I will be attending Clemson University," stated Gilchrist in a press conference at T.W. Andrews. A two sport star at Andrews, Marcus has decide to concentrate on football for the time being.
Being one of the nation's top recruits means heavy recruitment, with that comes stress for the kid and his family. Luckily for Gilchrist he had great guidance from his coaches and parents Ronny and LaJeune Gilchrist. "It was more than I expected, but I told Marcus that's the price he'd pay for the standards he carries. The letters and the telephone constantly ringing 24/7, it kind of gets a little annoying at times but it's part of the process. We had to go through it though, I told him you have to take the good with the bad," stated Ronny.
Gilchrist comes from a school that has produced tons of talent with athletes like Adrian Wilson, Greg Jefferies, Johnny Evans, Tony Baker(elder), and Ted Brown. Hands down Marcus is the most highly recruited player to ever play at Andrews. He chose Clemson over schools like Michigan, USC, Notre Dame, Michigan State, and Georgia. Georgia was one of the schools to make his top three along with UNC, before he went on to choose the Tigers.
How does he feel now that it's finally over? "I just feel better, I feel like I've gotten a lot of weight off of my shoulders. It's been great going through this process, it's a great feeling when you know you have college coaches wanting you to come and play for them. It does feel good to have this out of the way, now I can go and focus on my senior season. I'm expecting us to go to the state championship game this year, and completing the season," replied Marcus.
Gilchrist helped lead Andrews to an 11-4 record and the state semifinals, before suffering a loss to eventual 3A State Champion Asheville. During his junior season he managed nine returns for touchdowns 3 interceptions, 4 kickoffs, and 2 punts which helped garner All-State honors. He accumulated 1460 total yards in only 86 touches for a whopping 17 yards per attempt average. His knack for being a shutdown corner is what attracted most college coaches. The speedster managed to tally up 43 solo stops and 11 interceptions on defense.