May 13, 2008

Emerging TN QB talks schools

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - As the Elite 11 Regional tour continues, at each stop more quarterbacks emerge that are flying low on the football recruiting radar. One of those prospects in the Alabama workout was Savannah (Tenn.) Hardin County quarterback Will Gilchrist.

Gilchrist was one of the more consistent and productive passers on the afternoon in Tuscaloosa and showed that along with good size and athleticism, he also has an accurate arm.

"I think I threw pretty well," Gilchrist said of his performance. "I felt like I made all the throws. It was a lot of fun, a lot of good competition. Competing with a lot of good quarterbacks makes you better. Of course Tee Martin, I liked working with him being from Tennessee and all."

Gilchrist hasn't gone completely unnoticed. He already has one offer from Louisiana Tech and he is getting a lot of interest from the in-state programs in Tennessee.

"MTSU I went up there for their Spring Game and they've been sending me mail a lot," he said. "I'm going down there to their camp and I think they might offer if I have a good day.

"Their recruiting coach for my area, we talked and got along real well at the Spring Game. He sent me a letter just the other day talking about how they're real interested in me. He said I have all the qualities that a quarterback for them has. He said he's really looking forward to seeing me."

The familiarity of the MTSU program is a positive for Gilchrist. Not only is it only two hours from home but his older brother is a student there.

Gilchrist, who is also receiving hand-written mail from Memphis, is very interested in the one school that he does hold an offer from.

"I want to go visit La. Tech," he said. "Once school's out I'm gonna go visit. Of course they throw the ball a lot. I talked to their coach. Things are going well with them. They've had a lot of good quarterbacks and like I said they throw the ball a lot which I like.

"I feel comfortable with the Louisiana Tech coach and I'm really looking forward to meeting him and seeing what the campus is like and all that. My dad talked to the coach for a good while and he said that football is big there and it's a big deal in the community.

As a native of Tennessee, Gilchrist would like to pick up offers from the two in-state SEC programs.

"Tennessee, I've talked to the offensive coordinator there," he said. "He's a good guy. He said he was going to be keeping up with my senior season. Vanderbilt is only two hours away. I've talked to them too and I plan on going to their camp this summer."

Gilchrist has a busy summer planned as he continues to look into schools and show off his abilities. He has plans to attend MTSU, Ole Miss, Vanderbilt and Tennessee camps along with possibly a few more.


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