Stephen Garcia Sets Announcement Date

Jefferson (Tampa, FL) standout quarterback Stephen Garcia has favored the South Carolina Gamecocks for much of the recruiting process, and the dual-threat gunslinger received an in-home visit from USC Coaches Steve Spurrier and David Reaves last night. Read inside to find out how that visit went, and if Garcia has moved up his timeframe on a decision.

Garcia, who measures in at a solid 6'3 and 220 pounds, said he thoroughly enjoyed his in-home meeting with the USC coaches, which lasted for nearly four hours.

"It was awesome. They came over about six o'clock, and we were just talking and stuff," Garcia said. "They were just telling me about their plans for me in the future and all that. We just had a real fun time."

Garcia had originally planned on making his official visit to South Carolina this weekend, but a schedule conflict arose due to a local high school All-Star game that Garcia was invited to take part in.

"It's the Hillsborough County All-Star game East vs. West. It's a pretty fun game. We play at Raymond James Stadium (Home of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers), and there should be around twenty or thirty thousand people there."

The 4-star rated passer said that he will talk with the Gamecock coaches and look to reschedule that visit in the near future.

"We said we were going to talk about (rescheduling) it today or sometime this weekend to figure it out."

One topic of discussion that came up with Spurrier on Tuesday night was the ongoing rumor about him possibly leaving South Carolina to be named the new head coach at Alabama, but according to Garcia, Spurrier assured him that he intends on staying at USC for the long haul.

"He said, ‘I could go there and just be another coach to win another championship at Alabama, but I'd rather be at South Carolina and be the first coach to win an SEC Championship there.' He basically assured me that he isn't going anywhere for quite a long time."

Caption: Stephen Garcia and Jefferson High School Football Coach Mike Fenton.

Garcia maintains that South Carolina is still his clear favorite, and one of the main reasons for that is the opportunity to play quarterback under Coach Spurrier.

"Just his history and his resume and all that. It's unbelievable. He's coached the best quarterbacks in college football statistically-wise, and he definitely knows what he's talking about. It would just be a very big privilege to play for him."

While many coaches try to lure recruits with promises of early playing time, Garcia said that Spurrier has only offered the opportunity for early playing time if it is earned.

"He said the only thing he can guarantee is the opportunity that he can give me to play early. It's up to me how quickly I learn the offense and all that stuff. I just want to be like a sponge and soak up all the information I possibly can fairly quickly so I can have that opportunity to play early."

While Garcia had considered waiting a little longer before making an official announcement, he has now decided to set a press conference for next week announcing his commitment to the school of his choice.

"I'm going to be doing a press conference next Wednesday, probably after two o'clock."

Stay tuned to for all the latest on this elite Sunshine State signal-caller.

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