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Jeremy Gilchrist (WR)
Height: 5'9"
Weight: 176
College: Hampton
Conference: MEAC
Hometown: Virginia Beach, VA
High School: Landstown
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Overview

Gilchrist left Virginia Tech after his redshirt freshman season to get more playing time on offense. Although it took a season before that came to fruition, the quick slot receiver lit up MEAC foes with 69 catches for 1,043 yards and seven touchdowns in 2007. He followed up that first-team all-conference effort with a second-team All-MEAC season in 2008 (40-544-2). Teams doubled him in '08, allowing other receivers -- like fellow receiver prospect Justin Brown -- to excel. But Gilchrist's biggest contribution will likely be as a punt returner, as he has scored six touchdowns on returns the past two seasons.


High School

A record-setting receiver for Coach Chris Beatty ... finished his career ranked second in the Virginia High School League record book in both career pass receptions (198) and career receiving yards (3,230) ... stands seventh in career touchdown receptions with 33 ... ranked second all-time in the VHSL for receiving yards in a season (1,399), third in receptions in a season (87) and fifth in touchdown receptions (18) ... rated the No. 11 player in Virginia by The Roanoke Times and No. 12 by SuperPrep ... caught 87 passes for 1,399 yards and 18 touchdowns as a senior ... scored a total of 24 touchdowns that season ... contributed 10 interceptions on defense and averaged 30.7 yards per punt return, taking three back for touchdowns ... named first-team AAA all-state by The Associated Press ... was voted second-team all-state by the coaches as a receiver, kick return man and defensive back ... was also all-district and all-region at all three positions ... named All-Tidewater as a junior ... ranked the No. 49 receiver in the nation by Rivals ... an All-Atlantic Region selection by PrepStar.


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Analysis

Positives: Excellent straight-line speed and short-area quickness. Reaches top speed quickly when free off the line. Lines up in the slot, in motion and outside, but will likely be a slot receiver in the NFL. Makes difficult catches look easy, snatching the ball from the air. Has relatively long arms for his size. Very elusive after the catch, using fluid hips and quick steps to elude defenders. Should contribute as a punt returner because of his hands, quickness and an ability to make the first man miss.


Negatives: Short with a small build. Will struggle to fend off press coverage on the line. Will be tried on kickoff returns, but may lack the size teams prefer in that area. Loses concentration occasionally, hearing footsteps or trying to make a move before the catch. Not always crisp in his routes, and will round them off or look a bit lackadaisical if not the play's first option. Generates a lot of his receiving yards after a short pass, utilizing his skills against a lower level of competition. Not much of a factor as a blocker mainly due from his lack of girth, not effort.


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