SPARTANBURG, S.C.- High Point (N.C.) Andrews cornerback Marcus Gilchrist has shown that he is among the top prospects in the country at his position during practice for the Shrine Bowl of the Carolinas this week.
The Clemson commit has been outstanding in coverage and has shown off the speed and ball skills that make him a potentially special standout on the college level. Based on his week of practice, it would come as no surprise if the 5-foot-11, 180-pounder made a big play or two for the North Carolina squad in the annual all-star game against South Carolina, which kicks of at 1 p.m. Saturday.
"The experience is good," he said. "I've been able to meet some of the top players from South Carolina and top players from North Carolina."
"My goal is just to go out there and play as hard as I can and do the best I can," he said. "Because these are the best players from North and South Carolina."
In addition to being a fine cover corner, Gilchrist also is a potential all-star at the next level in the return game because of his quick feet and speed.
"I'm going to be doing punt and kick returns (Saturday)," Gilchrist said. "You just have to have a natural feel for it. Catching the ball is first priority, but being able to set up blocks and visualize holes is an important part of being a punt returner and a kick returner."
Gilchrist remains a solid commit to Clemson, where he committed to in July. He joins standout offensive tackle Landon Walker as one of two four-star prospects that the Tigers have committed from the Tar Heel State.
"I picked Clemson first of all because of my major," he said. "I want to major in computer engineering. Secondly, I picked Clemson because it fits me socially. There's not too much to do, not too little to do, so I won't get in trouble.
"Athletically, (Clemson) is on the rise. Even though we had a little 8-4 season this past season, I feel like we are on the rise right now."
Gilchrist, the nation's sixth-ranked cornerback prospect, potentially could be on the rise after his showing this week.