CLEMSON -- Certain athletes are gifted enough to excel on the field, wherever they are placed. Marcus Gilchrist, who will soon begin his senior football season at Andrews High School in High Point, North Carolina, is that type of athlete.
"Offensively, Marcus is a slash type player who can line up anywhere," Andrews coach Derek Anderson said. "Primarily, he is a wide receiver on offense, but he can also play running back and every once in a while will line up at quarterback."
The 5'11", 170-pound Gilchrist also does a little bit of everything well. As a junior, he had 11 interceptions as a defensive back and on special teams returned seven kicks for touchdowns.
"Quite obviously, he makes big plays on both sides of the ball," Anderson said. "He has great instinct and an excellent work ethic."
Two seasons from now, Gilchrist will try to make an impact for Clemson. He has already made a verbal commitment, chosing Clemson after also getting offers from North Carolina, Notre Dame, Virginia Tech, and Georgia.
"I chose Clemson because it was the place I felt the most comfortable," Gilchrist said. "Now, I just want to focus on getting my academics in order, and doing what I can to earn a spot on the field at Clemson, hopefully on defense."
Anderson has no doubts that Gilchrist will excel at the college level.
"Marcus will be an excellent defensive back in college," Anderson said. "And because of his physical ability and body control, he could give himself the chance to get on the field even sooner."
"Gilchrist might be the top ranked player in North Carolina," said recruiting analyst Mickey Plyler. "He is a terrific cover corner and an excellent return man. He is not as big as former Tiger defensive back Justin Miller, but I believe might have better cover skills."
Last season, Gilchrist helped Andrews win 11 games and advance to the semi-finals of the state playoffs. With his college choice already made, Gilchrist is hoping to help his team go even further this season.
"It's a good feeling to have my decision already made," Gilchirst said. "Now I can focus on my senior year and enjoy playing with my teammates."
Gilchrist envisions enjoyable times at Clemson as well.
"I look forward to playing for Clemson. I definitely believe that we will be contending for a national title within the next few years."
Reported 2007 Clemson Commitments
1. Mason Cloy OL 6-3 265 4.8 Columbia, SC (Spring Valley HS)
2. Scotty Cooper LB 6-0 195 4.5 Lake City, SC (Lake City HS)
3. Xavier Dye WR 6-4 215 4.5 Greenwood, SC (Greenwood HS)
4. Stanley Hunter LB 6-0 205 4.5 Duncan, SC (Byrnes HS)
5. Jarvis Jenkins DT 6-4 305 4.9 Central, SC (Daniel HS)
6. Will Korn QB 6-2 200 4.5 Duncan, SC (Byrnes HS)
7. Rennie Moore DE 6-5 260 4.7 St. Mary's, GA (Camden Co. HS)
8. Wilson Norris OL 6-5 320 5.2 Pickens, SC (Pickens HS)
9. David Smith OT 6-5 280 4.9 Greenville, SC (Greenville HS)
10. Landon Walker OT 6-6 270 5.0 Ronda, NC (East Wilkes HS)
11. Marcus Gilchrist DB 5-11 170 4.5 High Point, NC (Andrews HS)