Five-star JUCO is a Gamecock

Five-star Hutchinson C.C. defensive end Marquavius Lewis explains his decision to commit to South Carolina.

Five-star junior college defensive end Marquavius Lewis took his official visit to South Carolina over the weekend. The trip culminated with his decision to pull the trigger and give the Gamecocks his verbal commitment.

He shared the reaction the South Carolina coaches had to his college choice.

"They were pretty hyped up about it," Lewis said. "They were ecstatic when I told them that I wanted to play for them. I've been their top target all along."

South Carolina has a lot to offer Lewis but the opportunity to come back home weighed heavily in his decision process.

"It's pretty big for me," Lewis pointed out. "I get to play in front of my family and friends. They would have supported me no matter what but it's awesome to know that I'll be going back home."

"It's a great school in terms of education, too," he added. "It's close to my family. They've played great football for the last four years. Location and their winning tradition were big factors for me."

The official visit went according to plan for Lewis, and was his best one yet.

"It went pretty good," he admitted. "I was about to sit down with the staff. They were cool and showed me around. They respected me. My family was there and they were treated very well, also. It was great to hear what the coaches had to say and what their plans are for me. From the standpoint of what I was looking for, it was the best visit I've taken."

The five-star from Hutchinson C.C. was very excited to learn about how he would be used in Columbia.

"I got everything answered that I needed to," he mentioned. "I wanted to know how they plan to use me and how I would contribute for them. I'll be a defensive end that is a three-down player that they expect to dominate and play right away."

Lewis is on track to graduate from Hutchinson in December, resulting in him being able to enroll with the Gamecocks soon after.

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