The Memphis Tigers have found their quarterback of the future and it is Savannah (Tenn.) Hardin County signal-caller Will Gilchrist. The three-star prospect holds offer from five programs but made the decision on Sunday that the in-state school would be the place for him.
"I just left there today," Gilchrist said. "We went and they showed me around and showed me where I'd be living and stuff. It just felt like it's the right place for me. It's a good situation to come in and get playing time, I like the way they throw the ball around and I felt like it was the place for me. I'm real excited about it."
The timing of the decision for Gilchrist comes right as Hardin County's fall practice gets into full swing and it allows him to focus in on preparing his team.
"I just wanted to get it out of the way," he said. "That way I can enjoy my senior year and not have to worry about any other stuff except my season and my team."
For Memphis, Gilchrist will bring a strong, accurate arm and loads of athleticism. As a junior, he threw for over 2,000 yards while rushing for close to 500. He will be a very good fit for Memphis' wide open offense and that proved to be a deciding factor.
"[The offensive system] was a big plus," he said. "I feel like it's somewhere that I can go and fit in real well with the number of quarterbacks they have do well."
Another major factor for Gilchrist was being able to work with Memphis' quarterback coach Clay Helton.
"Coach Helton, he's the best quarterback coach I've worked with," he said. "I've been to camps all over the place this summer and he was the best coach I had."
Gilchrist is currently the 22nd ranked dual-threat quarterback in the nation and becomes the sixth known commitment of the 2009 class for the Tigers.