Culliver Enjoys USC Visit, Sets Announcement

Garner (NC) 4-star wide receiver Chris Culliver made his final official visit of the recruiting process over the weekend, and after checking out what Head Coach Steve Spurrier and the Gamecocks have to offer, the dynamic Tar Heel State prospect is now set to make his announcement. Read inside for full story.

The 6'1, 190 pound Culliver, who is one of the most electrifying athletes in the nation this year, said he enjoyed his time in Columbia, and especially had fun hanging out with his player host Kenny McKinley.

"It was fun. It was really nice," said Culliver. "They showed me around and everything. My host was Kenny McKinley, and I chilled with him. I got to sit down and really talk with him, not one-on-one, but as a friend. I talked to him a lot to see how it was. He said he'd seen me and heard about me, and he said I could make an impact there. Coming from another receiver that's already a starter, that was really important to hear."

After visiting Gainesville last weekend, one thing that Culliver liked about USC was the environment of Columbia and the surrounding areas.

"As far as the environment, I think I like it better than Florida. I think I can live there more so than I can Florida, because in South Carolina everything is right there. I like that better than I like Florida."

On the other hand, Culliver said he'd have to give the slight edge to Florida, his other finalist, after comparing the two school's facilities.

"The thing about Florida is that they have better facilities, and a lot of people want to sponsor them and stuff like that. They're not far apart, but I'd probably say that Florida beat South Carolina facilities-wise and stuff like that."

The standout wide receiver prospect had the opportunity to hang out with the USC coaches on his visit, and he enjoyed talking with Steve Spurrier, as well as his potential future position coach, Steve Spurrier Jr.

"I talked with Coach Spurrier a good bit. He talked to me straight up, both Coach Spurrier and Coach Spurrier Jr. We didn't even really talk about football. We talked about life and stuff like that. Me and (Coach Spurrier Jr.) kicked it probably more than any other coach. I talked to him a lot, and he was real cool."

Culliver, who became good friends with several USC commitments at the Offense-Defense All American game, had fun hanging out with several of his fellow prospects over the weekend as well.

"Oh yeah, we had a lot of fun hanging out. Quintin Richardson, Travian Robertson, and Cliff Matthews were there. We hung out with Weslye (Saunders) and Jason Barnes and Mark Barnes and guys like that. I had a good time hanging out with them. It was cool."

When asked to rate his visit on a scale from one to ten, Culliver gave his South Carolina trip high marks.

"I'd probably say a 9.5 or 10. It was a lot of fun."

Culliver said he claims no favorite after his trip to Columbia, but he will be ready to announce his college choice later this week.

"There's really not a favorite right now. I'm just going to make my announcement on Wednesday probably between twelve and one. I'm going to evaluate what I see between the two schools with the environment and all."

Lastly, Culliver said he will talk things over with his dad and his assistant coach, Cory Lyons, before making his announcement on Wednesday afternoon.

"There's a lot of factors that I like about both schools. I've kind of got an idea, but on Wednesday I'll make my announcement . I'm going to talk to my dad about my visit and talk to Coach Cory Lyons. That why I thought I would like to bring (Coach Lyons) with me on this visit. I just wanted to see how I fit in, and see how they think I fit in with this situation."

Stay tuned to for all the latest on this premier Tar Heel State prospect.

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