LB Qua Gilchrist (6-2 230) of Butler JC, KS confirmed Tuesday night he will sign with USC tomorrow at 12:45 in his hometown of Abbeville. Gilchrist had been committed to Houston, but when USC assistant head coach for defense Ellis Johnson offered him Monday, he jumped at the chance.
"It's a blessing," Gilchrist said. "When an SEC school gives you a chance, you've got to take it." Gilchrist also had offers from Kansas State, Kansas, Toledo and Northern Illinois.
He was first contacted by USC's Dennis Thomas two weeks ago. He visited last Sunday and met with Johnson and other coaches. He was given a tour of the campus and facilities. "I had visited there in high school so I had seen it before," Gilchrist said.
Playing running back at Abbeville High, Gilchrist earned a spot in the 2007 SCADA North-South Game. He committed to Newberry in January 2008 but later signed with Butler. He redshirted in 2008 and this season had 54 tackles and 5.5 sacks as an outside linebacker. He will have three years to play three. He is related to Clemson safety Marcus Gilchrist.