Gamecocks Land Third Commitment

Greenwood (SC) versatile athlete Jay Spearman went on record with earlier this week saying that South Carolina was his clear favorite, and after receiving an offer from USC on Monday, the Palmetto State standout didn't take long to pull the trigger and become the Gamecocks' third commitment in the 2008 recruiting class. Read inside for full story.

The 6'1", 190 pound Spearman, who was timed running a 4.36 second forty yard dash at a combine over the weekend, discussed his new commitment to the home state Gamecocks.

"Coach (Ron) Cooper came and watched me in person (on Monday), and they offered me pretty soon after that," said Spearman. "I told Coach (Brad) Lawing that I wanted to play for him, and Coach (Steve) Spurrier is supposed to call me tomorrow and make it final."

Spearman said his family ties to the South Carolina program made him very familiar with USC growing up, and he is now thrilled to have the opportunity to play there himself.

"I grew up being a Gamecock fan because my uncle (Andray Spearman) played there. Ever since then I've been watching USC. I love the atmosphere and the coaches. It's just a great place to be. I‘m excited about being a Gamecock."

Although he plays quarterback for the defending 4-A state champion Eagles, the Gamecock coaches have told Spearman that they plan to utilize his athleticism either at wide receiver or in the defensive backfield when he arrives in Columbia.

"They told me that they want me at either DB or receiver. I don't really have a preference."

Spearman, who is expected to see his stock soar after his recent combine showing, says he still expects schools like Clemson, Maryland, Virginia Tech, and Illinois to continue to pursue him, but he said he is firm in his commitment to the Gamecocks. Spearman holds a 3.6 core GPA and projects as a full qualifier. He threw for 1,107 yards and 7 touchdowns last season and ran for another 1,118 yards and 17 scores while leading Greenwood to a state championship. He becomes USC's third commitment in the 2008 recruiting class.

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