In-state athlete picks up offer

Nation Ford (Fort Mill, S.C.) ATH Jay Jay McCullough is one of South Carolina's most versatile prospects in the class of 2012. Friday McCullough visited Columbia and left town with an offer. Look inside as he gives his thoughts on the USC program.

Jay Jay McCullough may be simply listed as a running back on But that doesn't near tell the full story.

The 6-foot-3, 215-pound prospect plays all over for his Nation Ford HS team and is being recruited for multiple positions at the next level.

McCullough and his family visited Columbia today and left town with an offer from the Gamecocks.

"They offered me today at running back -- almost like an H-back, an athlete, pretty much anywhere on offense -- so it went well being there," McCullough said. "They showed me around the new facilities that they're building and they also showed me around the other buildings that I didn't get to see the first couple of times that I was there. It went good."

He's being recruited by assistant head coach in charge of the defense Ellis Johnson.

"Me and my family and coach Ellis Johnson and Coach Graham -- they were touring me around to all the buildings. But coach Ellis Johnson, he's the one that recruits my area. But Coach Graham, he's the running backs [and tight ends] coach and that's who was telling me about what I would be doing if I were to go there." McCullough, who also visited for a junior day and for the Arkansas game last season, is high on the South Carolina program.

"I like the program a lot. I thought it went well," he said. "I like what they're doing with their recruiting and the recruits that they're getting that are coming to their school. That means a lot to me right there. It's coming down to a time where I'm going to have to pick a school eventually but now that South Carolina has offered me, I don't know now, I don't know what I'm going to do."

McCullough has a time-table in mind but doesn't know if he's truly going to be ready to commit by then.

"I want to commit somewhere before football season starts, but I don't know yet, because I know more schools are going to want to offer me and could probably offer me better than what other schools can offer me, so I don't know yet."

As one of the most intriguing prospects in the state of South Carolina's class of 2012, McCullough not only has schools to consider but also which position those schools are recruiting him as. He maintains that he wants to play offense but doesn't really care which specific position.

He did clear up which position each school is recruiting him as.

"Different schools - they want me at running back, some schools want me at tight end, wide receiver - so like with South Carolina they pretty much said when they run (formations) with two tailbacks, I would be one of the running backs in the backfield," McCullough said. "Or I can be at the slot receiver or I can be at wide receiver. I'm pretty much listed as an athlete.

"At some schools they have me at one position. At Duke they want me just as running back and then at Miami of Ohio they want me at running back, N.C. State and Kentucky they want me to just running back. At University of Miami down in Florida they offered me at wide receiver. ECU offered me at running back. At Marshall, he didn't make the offer official but he listed me at tight end. At Alabama, they didn't make an official offer either, but he was telling me that they were looking at me and want to offer me as an athlete at tight end/halfback/wide receiver.

"Clemson offered me at the hybrid position in the new offense that they're running this year. I would probably be the tight end, wide receiver and running back a little bit.

McCullough visited Clemson earlier this week for the Dabo Swinney Camp and has been high on the Tigers for some time.

"I like Clemson's program a lot," he said. "I've been there out of all the colleges the most. I've visited them a lot. I'm not saying that's where I'm going to commit to or anything like that but I like them a lot. I like the coaches and I like the campus. I like the people around there."

McCullough first chose to not name any favorites.

"I haven't really chose those top spots. I'm just going to see how the recruiting process goes and see what other schools are going to offer me. I'm make that decision later on. I don't really know yet."

But he has said in previous interviews that Clemson was on top and later admitted that the Tigers may have an edge.

"I've been there the most," McCullough said. "I'm not saying they have the greatest lead over everybody but I got the most comfortable with them first. But I'm still going to wait to see what else is out there to offer me. There are other schools that I've got a lot of interest in too."

So, does the USC offer change anything?

"That's a big offer to me. I was waiting for South Carolina. That's one school I was waiting for to offer me. That's a big offer for me because I can choose between two schools [now] to stay in state."

McCullough doesn't have anymore summer visits scheduled but does plan to take official visits to South Carolina, Clemson and Miami (Fla.).

McCullough is ranked as a three-star running back on Scout and runs the 40-yard dash in 4.54 seconds.

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