SC QB Impresses At Camp

Eric McCollom is a dual threat quarterback from South Carolina who recently attended PSU summer camp. Did he impress the coaches enough to get a scholarship offer?

Name: Eric McCollom
Position: QB
Height: 6'1"
Weight: 175 pounds
40-yard dash: 4.56
Bench Press: 235 pounds
School: Camden HS, Camden, SC

Eric McCollom burst onto the South Carolina high school football scene last year in a big way.

"My stats were 2,850 yards passing, 31 touchdowns passing, 450 yards rushing and 8 touchdowns rushing," Eric said.

Eric led his team to a 15-0 record and the South Carolina 3A state championship. His superior performance in the 2001 season earned him a spot on the All-State Underclassman team, the All-Region team, and the All-Area team.

Eric is very comfortable both running and throwing the football.

"We run a shotgun offense, spread offense, similar to what Clemson runs.

"I didn't run that much this past year, but this year I might have to step up a little bit running.

"I can throw real well, I'm very accurate and have a strong arm.  I can elude the pressure, I'm very elusive and I can just make things happen.  I'm a playmaker."

With those statistics and playmaking ability, it's no wonder that Eric is getting serious interest from schools around the country.

"Some teams interested are South Carolina, Clemson, Tennessee, Maryland, Penn State, Wake Forest, East Carolina, Kentucky, LSU, North Carolina, Colorado, UCLA and Duke."

McCollom recently attended the second session of Penn State's summer camp.

"One of our coaches from Camden, Coach Eckenroth, goes up there every summer to work the camp.  He asked us to go up there so a couple of us did.  It's good to get some exposure."

Did the Penn State coaches tell him anything specific after seeing him at camp? 

"Not specifically, but they said they thought I was one of the best quarterbacks in the country and that I did pretty good, had a good camp."

Was Eric's performance good enough to land a scholarship offer from Penn State?

"They said they were going to send an official offer in the mail, but I haven't gotten it yet.  They have offered though. 

"They told me to call up there on Sunday, June 30, after the last session. 

"I called up there and Coach Kenney told me that they were going to officially offer me.  He said that they are offering 2 quarterbacks and he said they are going to offer me a scholarship."

At the end of camp, Eric and his teammates were given a tour of the Penn State campus and the football facilities by Coach Kenney.

At this point, Eric says his favorites include Penn State, South Carolina, Clemson, Maryland, Tennessee and LSU. Of those schools, Eric attended summer camp at Clemson, South Carolina, and Tennessee. He hasn't visited any other schools and has no other visits planned at this time.

Given the fact that it's a 10 hour drive from his home in South Carolina to Penn State, will distance be a factor in Eric's decision?

"Right now, I would like to stay close to home, but whatever happens, happens.  It's really not a factor, it's just what's best for me."

Distance may not factor into Eric's decision, but quarterback depth charts will.

"I've called coach (Kenney) a couple of times just to talk to them about quarterbacks, how many quarterbacks they have up there and what not.  I don't want to go to a school where they have 15 quarterbacks when I can go to a school where they only have 3, so I call around."

(Interview done by Steve Curry)

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