Muldrow ready for his time in Columbia

Another Peach State product headed to Columbia in the 2011 signing class is South Gwinnett's Edward Muldrow. The versatile player hit the road and headed to Columbia this past weekend for his official visit, and did not come away disappointed.

While Muldrow is projected on the defensive side of the ball for the Gamecocks, he said that his playing experience in high school has prepared him for a spot on either side of the ball in Columbia.

"At first they said I could be playing the Spur when I came in but it depended on what kind of weight I gained my freshman year, that was pretty much going to determine where I'd play, because I've played free safety, outside linebacker, d-end, I've pretty much played everything on the defense," said Muldrow. "And I played offense to. So wherever they need me at, that's where I'm going to be."

Luckily for Muldrow, his main recruiter during the process has been Shane Beamer, who coaches the Spur position as well as special teams. Muldrow was able to speak at length with Beamer this past weekend, as well as become more acquainted with other members of the coaching staff.

"Oh I've been talking to Coach Beamer since; well he was the first person that offered me so I've been talking to him since way back in the day. There wasn't too much really different from other conversations that we've had. But while I was on my official, it was good. Other than Coach Beamer, I think the only ones that I really talked to was the linebackers coach and I talked to Coach Spurrier, but other than that I just had quick conversations with everybody else."

After committing to South Carolina before the season back in June, Muldrow has become very familiar with the program, so did not expect too many surprises on this particular trip to the Palmetto State. Instead, he said it was a chance to hang out with future teammates and just relax before signing on the dotted line next week.

"I think the highlight of my visit was just getting to hang out with the players and see what it was like. It was pretty much just getting close with my team, hanging out and just having a good time. We went to the Kentucky game, we didn't stay for the whole thing but got to watch that for awhile. Then we just all spent time together."

He also said that he has been recruiting for the Gamecocks since his commitment, and that he will only continue to do so through national signing day.

"I know a few of the recruits that committed, and actually I had tried to convince a few of them commit to South Carolina before they did, when I had seen them at combines or other showcases I went to."

Muldrow definitely has some lofty goals for USC while he is there, but said that after coming so close to reaching the pinnacle of the SEC this year, it won't be long until the Gamecocks reach new heights on the football field.

"One goal of mine definitely is just to win the SEC Championship because we were so close this year. And I think the recruiting is starting to step up a lot, so I've got every intention of winning that and moving on to the national championship. But I definitely don't plan on redshirting so I want to make sure I come in and get a starting spot this year."

This is one prospect the Gamecocks do not have to worry about a change of heart on signing day, as he described his pledge to USC as "100%" solid. With offers from numerous SEC and ACC schools, there is no doubt that South Carolina has secured a talented individual to spend his next four years in garnet and black.

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