Brian Maddox Picks The Gamecocks

ANDERSON, S.C. -- The stars appear to be aligning for the South Carolina Gamecocks' 2007 recruiting class, literally. Coach Steve Spurrier and the Gamecocks received their fourth commitment of the year on Friday evening from highly touted running back Brian Maddox out of T. L. Hannah High School in Anderson, SC.

Brian Maddox joins fellow South Carolina commitments Gary Gray, Quintin Richardson, and Addison Williams in what many analysts believe could be the start of one of the best recruiting classes in Gamecock history.

The 5'11, 215 lb. Maddox had a sensational junior season as he carried the ball 206 times for 1,328 yards and 21 touchdowns. He also totaled 305 yards receiving. Due to that productivity, Maddox broke onto the recruiting scene and became one of the most highly sought after running back prospects in the nation. He accumulated over a dozen offers from major programs, including being tendered scholarships by Auburn, Clemson, Florida, Florida State, Georgia Tech, Louisville, LSU, Maryland, North Carolina, NC State, and Virginia Tech. However, the Gamecocks impressed Maddox early in the recruiting process, and his heart never left Columbia. After his press conference finished, Maddox offered his thoughts on why he ultimately chose to be a Gamecock.

"Carolina was somewhere that I felt comfortable at with the coaching staff and everything like that. They have great people down there. They care about you more than just on the field. I just felt comfortable there having Coach (Robert) Gillespie as my position coach."

Brian's father, Eddie Maddox, also commented on his son's decision to become a Gamecock and attend the University of South Carolina.

"One thing that's really big for me certainly is academics. The University of South Carolina has got a good academic program there, and I feel that my son will get a good education. It's something that's going to take him through life. The other thing that's just totally near and dear to my heart is strength, speed, and conditioning. It's something that I believe in. It's something that I know will help an athlete be at their very best, and South Carolina has got Coach (Mark) Smith down there and he's proven that he can get kids faster or get adults faster. He's been with Coach Spurrier not only at Florida, but he's also been with him at the Redskins. He's a guy that I know has got a strong, strong program there, and that one right there is just totally near and dear to my heart. That gives my kid an opportunity to get better, and I know he'll contribute to whatever team he's with. So that happens to be South Carolina, and he'll certainly contribute to the University of Sou! th Carolina. The last thing that we certainly looked at is the coaching stability. The University of South Carolina certainly has some coaching stability. Coach Spurrier is going to be there for a long while. He's a great coach, and he's proven that he can win. The number one thing I always like to use is that Coach Spurrier coached at Duke and won an ACC championship, so that's amazing alone. Then he won a national championship at the University of Florida, so this guy is a proven winner. I'm just glad to have my son playing for somebody that I know knows the game of football on the college level and can really help him make a difference and be a big player on the national scene."

Gamecock commitments Gary Gray and Quintin Richardson were also on hand to see their friend and future teammate, Brian Maddox, make his official announcement on Friday evening. Gray and Richardson took the time to share their thoughts on the Gamecock's newest commitment.

Gray – "He's a hard worker. He always works out in the weight room. He's a good kid, and he makes good grades. I'm looking forward to playing with him."

Richardson – "If I play offensive line, that's the guy I want in the backfield. So I'm happy. Gary summed it up. He's a good all around kid and a great athlete."

Other Notes:
  • Brian Maddox plans on wearing the #10 jersey when he joins the Carolina football team in 2007.
  • Maddox, Gray, and Richardson plan on attending South Carolina's football camp on June 10.

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