A Family Tradition for Markway

Scout 3-star class of 2015 commit TE Kyle Markway discusses his South Carolina decision and his influences growing up.

On Mother's Day, South Carolina gained St. Louis (MO) Vianney class of 2015 Kyle Markway. The Gamecock commit held offers from schools like Iowa, Indiana, Illinois, and Memphis but was specific on his decision to go with South Carolina.

"I chose South Carolina because the coaching staff treated me the best I have ever been treated on a visit," stated Markway.

The 6-foot-4,235 tight end was recruited by Coach Joe Robinson and Coach Steve Spurrier, Jr.

"On my visit, I spent most of my time with Robinson because he gave me a tour of the campus and facilities the day before the ‘spring game', but I also had a lot of time with Spurrier, Jr. in meeting rooms going over some of the things the tight ends do."

Not only did he enjoy his time with the coaches, but Markway noted he felt they sincerely wanted him at South Carolina and would give him a chance to play early in one of the top conferences in the country.

"Playing in the SEC means a lot to me," said Markway.

"It means I will be going against the best players in the country and surrounded by the best and craziest fans in the country. It will give me a even better opportunity to win a national championship and to fulfill a childhood dream of mine of playing in the NFL."

The Scout 3-star commit has been surrounded by football his entire life. Starting around the age of 8 or 9, it looks like Markway's talent must run in the family.

"It has been a strong part of my family tradition because I have had two uncles play in the Big Ten; one played at Iowa and one played at Ohio State. My family is all about football."

Family is a big factor for the tight end, and he said his parents were with him every step of the way in Columbia.

"My parents are a big part of my success," expressed Markway.

"They have made a lot of sacrifices for me to become the player I am today so I have been driven by them so I can make them proud! My sisters and I were raised to work hard in everything we do so that has helped me so much."

The 3-star's athlete even told Scout's Derek Young he decided to commit on Mother's Day because he wanted it to be a great day for his mom. And with Markway, traditional values follow traditional play.

"I'm a big fan of all the older tradition tight ends who can block like a lineman and catch passes like a receiver," noted the Gamecock commit, "because that's what I feel is my strength and why South Carolina recruited me so hard."

Markway's ability to block and size really set him apart as a player and place him at Scout's no.26 spot in position rank.

As for this Missouri-native off the field, Markway said he enjoys basketball and drawing, he's a bit of a gamer, and likes to fish.

Maybe he and fellow 2015 commit Austin Clark, who also stated he likes to fish in his spare time, can find a spot to cast out when in Columbia.

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