Palmetto State Athlete Has Clear Favorite

This time every year sleeper prospects around the country begin to emerge and make a name for themselves with stellar performances at scouting camps and combines. One player that has done just that recently is Greenwood (SC) versatile athlete Jay Spearman, who is sure to see his stock rise in the coming weeks after stealing the show at a local combine over the weekend. Read inside for full story.

Spearman, who measures in at an athletic 6'1" and 190 pounds, plays quarterback for the defending 4-A state champion Greenwood Eagles, but he projects as either a wide receiver or defensive back on the college level. Looking to generate more recruiting attention, Spearman attended a nearby scouting combine over the weekend and stole the show against some of the Palmetto State's best athletes.

"On Saturday I went to a South Carolina combine at Brookland Cayce (High School) in Columbia, and I had the highest vertical. I jumped 41 inches, and I ran a 4.36 and a 4.39 in the forty," said Spearman. "I'm getting a lot of interest from a bunch of schools. I‘m just waiting on offers now."

The athletic playmaker is receiving interest from several major programs, but there is one particular in-state school he is hoping will step forward with an offer.

"South Carolina, Clemson, Maryland, Virginia Tech and Virginia are showing the most interest. Out of those, South Carolina is my favorite. I just like the atmosphere, the people and the idea of playing for Steve Spurrier. I‘ve been there a bunch of times, and it‘s nice down there. It‘s real nice."

Spearman is being recruited by Coach Brad Lawing for the Gamecocks, and he believes USC will offer him a scholarship when the coaches get a chance to evaluate him at their camp in early June.

"They're real close to offering. (Coach Lawing) tells me that when I go to camp all I have to do is do real good, and he's going to offer me there that day."

With South Carolina as his clear favorite, Spearman said that he would not take long to commit if the Gamecocks extend an offer his way.

"Right now I'm just waiting on an offer to come. That would make my decision. I will probably commit (when South Carolina offers)."

Spearman, who said he has no preference as to which side of the ball he plays on at the next level, described what strengths he brings to the football field.

"I'm a speed type player. My strengths are my speed and my agility."

After helping lead his team in a surprising run to the state championship last season, the 2008 standout closed by sharing what goals he has set for his senior season this fall.

"We just want to win another state (championship) and go 15-0."

Spearman, who holds a 3.6 core GPA, threw for 1,107 yards and 7 touchdowns last season and ran for another 1,118 yards and 17 scores.

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