July 14, 2008

TN QB eyes Ole Miss, will camp

Ole Miss is set to sign two quarterbacks for the 2009 signing class and already has one signal caller in the fold in Louisville, Miss. athlete Clayton Moore, who committed last month.

That leaves one position open and the Rebels have offered three prospects at the position - Drew Allen, Nathan Scheelhause, and AJ McCarron. McCarron is an Alabama commitment and Scheelhause appears poised to announce for a Big XII school on Wednesday.

That leaves Allen, who has long been the Rebels top quarterback target, and Allen is scheduled to visit this week - his second trip to the Oxford campus.

With the unlikelihood that McCarron can be swayed away from the Tide, Scheelhause making a last minute change, and Oklahoma State coming hard for Allen, the Rebels obviously have some names further down on the their hot board.

One name that has recently surfaced is Savannah (Hardin County), Tenn. dual-threat quarterback Will Gilchrist.

Gilchrist, a 6-foot-1, 189 pound prospect with Nike Camp timed 4.59 speed, plans to be at the Rebels Elite Camp on July 26 to audition for Rebel offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Kent Austin.

"I'm definitely interested in Ole Miss," Gilchrist said on Sunday. "It's the SEC, it's only two hours away from home, and I've been around the Ole Miss campus a lot and I really like it."

Gilchrist, rated a three-star prospect and the No. 22 overall prospect nationally as a dual-threat quarterback, has already picked up offers from Ohio, Louisiana Tech, Middle Tennessee, and Navy.

Last year as a junior, he rushed 94 times for 463 yards and five scores and hit on 137 of 234 passes for another 2,072 yards and 25 touchdowns.

This past weekend, he spent time on the road, first stopping by Northern Alabama for a 7-on-7 camp on Saturday and then heading out to the Tee Martin Camp in Atlanta on Sunday.

"I just got back from the Tee Martin Camp," Gilchrist said. "It was a two-day camp, but I was only there on Sunday. He (Martin) is real good and I like him a lot. We just did some SPARQ training and then did some throwing and watched films with Tee."

Due to NCAA rules, colleges coaches are not permitted to observe prospects on Sunday, so no coaches were around for Gilchrist to impress.

So far, Gilchrist has camped at Middle Tennessee, Southern Miss, Vanderbilt, Tennessee, Memphis, Louisville, Purdue, and Arkansas State.

He calls Memphis "really interested" and feels an offer could be forthcoming from the Tigers at any time. He also says that Louisville and Kentucky both have shown a lot of interest lately and noting that he also camped with the Wildcats.

"I just hope to go down and hopefully have a good day (at camp)," Gilchrist said. "Hopefully everything will work out."

Other quarterbacks that could enter the picture should the Rebels fail to land Allen are Henry County, Ga. quarterback Drew Little, Rockwell, Texas quarterback Drew Hollingshead, Gordon, Mass. quarterback Charley Loeb, and New Orleans' Wes Luquette.

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