More On Gilchrist/VT
Just got off the phone with Augustus Gilchrist's personal trainer Terrelle Woody.
It was a bizarre interview on all fronts, starting with Woody stating that Progressive Christian Coach Van Whitfield -- who this afternoon sent out a statement on Gilchrist -- wasn't authorized to speak for Gilchrist or release information on the player's behalf. (Gilchrist was home-schooled this year but played for Progressive.)
Woody said that Gilchrist's decision to not go to Tech next year was because of the April 16 shootings in Blacksburg and said that Gilchrist likely would play at a prep school next year -- also unusual because few players without academic issues and with the scholarship offers Gilchrist has choose the prep school route. Woody said that Gilchrist was not opening up the recruiting process but noted that after a year of prep school, the situation might be different.
As for those who think Gilchrist is using the shootings as a convenient way to get out of his letter-of-intent to Tech, Woody said: "I could care less what anyone thinks. The kid is not going to be effective if he doesn't want to be there. He doesn't have a problem with Virginia Tech or the coaches. He just doesn't feel comfortable going to school there right now. He doesn't know how the school is going to react. He didn't feel it is the right place for him next year."
Edit: The line all along has been that Gilchrist was fine academically. He didn't take a full load of classes this school year. But if there was an academic hiccup, going to prep school to straighten things out would make sense, even in light of the NCAA's new regulations regarding prep schools.
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