In-state QB Loves Gamecocks

Summerville (SC) quarterback Reid McCollum is one of the top signal-callers in the Palmetto State this year, and the savvy pocket passer made it to South Carolina's junior day this past weekend. Head Coach Steve Spurrier and staff are looking to sign one quarterback in the class of 2008. Could McCollum be their man? Read inside for more.

The 6'3, 200 pound McCollum, who is receiving strong recruiting interest from South Carolina, Wake Forest, Duke, NC State, Virginia, Virginia Tech, and Georgia Tech, talked about his time in Columbia over the weekend.

"It was a lot of fun," said McCollum. "We had lunch up there in the zone, and they showed us around the locker room and weight room. The facilities were really nice. We met with the coaches, and they showed us around all over the stadium. It was a lot of fun."

The Gamecocks have not yet offered the Summerville standout, but they have invited him to attend a few spring practices in the next month.

"They want me to come up this spring and go to some spring practices, which I would love to do. Maybe I'll sit in on a few meetings or something. That would be a lot of fun to just see how they do their coaching. They're wanting me to come up to games and stuff, too."

McCollum is being recruited by Coach Shane Beamer, who recently joined the USC staff, and the lowcountry prospect only had positive things to say about his relationship with Beamer.

"Coach Beamer is my recruiter. He's a real nice guy. He was actually born in Charleston, so it's cool because he's been around, and he's easy to talk to. I like him a lot."

Recruiting as a whole is a wait and see process for McCollum now, as he is receiving interest from several programs around the southeast, but has yet to receive any official offers.

"It's going pretty good. I'm getting a lot of mail, but no offers yet. I guess we're just going to see how things go, and hopefully something will happen."

According to McCollum, two programs that currently stand out to him are Wake Forest and the home state Gamecocks, and he shared his thoughts on both of those schools.

Wake Forest - "I went up to Wake Forest a few weekends ago, and just the campus there and their coaches are very nice. I really liked it up there."

South Carolina - "South Carolina is a great place to play football. What they have going on right now, they're on the rise, and I'd love to be a part of it. I've always been a huge South Carolina fan. My dad played there in college, and just growing up, we've always gone to the games and everything. I've dreamed of playing there since I was a little boy."

McCollum already knows what factors he is looking for in a school, but he is in no rush to make a decision.

"The campus plays a big part in it, and definitely the education. The facilities as well as the coaches, and just the atmosphere of the games are big to me. Right now I'm just going to wait it out to see what comes. We'll just see how that goes."

When asked to describe himself as a player on the football field, McCollum replied that he is a prototypical pocket passer.

"I'd say I'm a pocket passer with a strong arm and good accuracy."

McCollum, who teams with highly touted wide receiver prospect A.J. Green to form one of the most lethal passing combinations in the state, shared his thoughts on his upcoming senior season.

"Hopefully we'll be strong. We've got a lot of good position players coming back, our wide receivers and running backs. There's a few holes to fill on the line, but we should be alright. Our defense has a lot of people coming back. Our goal is always to get back to the state championship and hopefully win it. That's going to be our only goal this year."

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

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