Vince Vance Names Top Two

One factor that has always differentiated South Carolina from the truly elite teams in the SEC is the lack of quality depth along both lines of scrimmage, but Steve Spurrier and staff have done a good job of bringing in talented young linemen in his first two years at the helm. Read inside to find out where the Gamecocks stand with one of their top offensive line targets in this class.



One factor that has always differentiated South Carolina from the truly elite teams in the SEC is the quality of depth along both lines of scrimmage, but Steve Spurrier and staff have done a good job of bringing in talented young linemen in his first two years at the helm. They are looking to continue that trend in the 2007 recruiting class, and one of their top targets is Georgia Military standout offensive tackle Vince Vance, who has the size and athleticism to become a dominating presence along the offensive line for one lucky school.

Vince Vance, who measures in at an impressive 6'8 and 310 pounds, is one of the top JUCO offensive linemen in the country this year, and not surprisingly, he has accumulated an impressive list of offers as a result.

"I've got offers from Georgia, South Carolina, Troy, Baylor, East Carolina, Texas Tech, LSU, and the University of Kentucky."

The mammoth offensive tackle is gearing up for a pair of official visits to SEC programs over the next two weekends, and he stated that he will be looking for several key things while on those visits.

"I've got a visit to South Carolina this weekend, and I've got Georgia next weekend. From both schools, I'm really just looking to see which one has my better degree at it, the best chance of me playing there, the players that I'm going to be around, the coaching staff, and stuff like that."

The next two weeks will likely play an important role in Vance‘s final decision, as he currently favors the Gamecocks and Bulldogs in the race for his services.

"Right now, it's Georgia and South Carolina. There's just something that stands out about both of them, plus I want to stay close to home."

Vance, who projects as a December graduate, does not currently have a timeframe for a decision, but he stated that the opportunity for early playing time will play an important factor in his college choice.

"That's very important to me. Right now both of them (South Carolina and Georgia) are saying early playing time, because they are losing some guys, so that just ups my chance of playing there. Playing time is real important."

Vance was heavily recruited as a defensive end coming out of high school, but after not qualifying, he decided to learn the offensive tackle position at GMC. Though he has only played along the offensive line for a short time, he has picked it up well and has shown a tremendous upside. Vance, who has three years of eligibility remaining, described what all he brings to the table on the gridiron.

"I'm well rounded as a player. I can pass block, and I can run block. I can play both sides, either left tackle or right tackle. My pass blocking is probably a little better, but I‘ve got room for improvement in both areas. I‘m always looking to improve."

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