South Carolina's offensive line recruiting has taken a major step forward in the last couple of years under the direction of coach Shawn Elliott.
That trend continued Saturday when the Gamecocks landed Camden County (Kingsland, Ga.) OT J.P. Vonashek. Vonashek was on campus for an unofficial visit today and spent that entire time with Elliott, according to a source.
"Well they offered me a couple of weeks ago, and I told the coaches that I could come up there and visit today, and I did at about 9 this morning with my sister" Vonashek said. "They showed me around the campus, the football stadium and the facilities, everything like that, but the main reason [I chose USC] is the coaching staff.
"I've got to be with them for the next four to five years and I really like them a lot."
Vonashek, ranked the No. 40 OT in the country by Scout, also had offers from Auburn, Florida State, Georgia, Miami, North Carolina, and Tennessee.
The 6-foot-6, 275 pound three-star prospect was at one time considered a Georgia lean, but the visit put Carolina over the top.
"I went to Georgia a couple of times already," he said. "And I just went to South Carolina today and I loved it. I liked it more than Georgia, so then I knew that this was the place for me. I just wanted to get it out of the way, I talked to my parents about it, I have their approval and everything, and they're happy about it."
Vonashek believes he and Elliott have similar personalities.
"I'm the same way, I've got a lot of intensity when I play," he said, "and I know he does as a coach from what I've heard, and I can't wait for him to be my coach."
Vonashek will now turn his attention to winning a state championship at Camden County where he transferred to four months ago. He says the coaching staff plans to use his commitment as a selling point with four-star RB David Williams, who will visit campus tomorrow.
Vonashek will be back on campus for the Gamecock Showcase Camp in July.
He is South Carolina's 16th commitment of the 2012 class.
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