Arizona Back Likes Gamecocks

Buena (Sierra Vista, AZ) star running back Jamal Womble is one of the most coveted prospects in the Copper State this recruiting year, as he possesses a unique combination of size, speed and strength out of the backfield. Coach Robert Gillespie and the Gamecocks extended an offer his way last week, but is South Carolina a contender in the race for Womble's services? Read inside to find out.

The 5'11", 217 pound Womble, who has been timed as low as 4.4 seconds in the forty yard dash, has seen his offer list grow to fifteen schools in recent weeks, with tenders from major programs like South Carolina, Nebraska, Wisconsin, Boston College, Arizona State, Oregon State and several others. However, after growing up in the south and hearing a lot about the USC program, Womble was especially excited to receive an offer from the Gamecocks last week.

"I just picked up an offer last week from South Carolina. Coach G. (Robert Gillespie) asked me to give him a call, and I called him. He said he liked what he saw on film, and he told me they have an offer for me," said Womble. "I'm from North Carolina originally, so growing up in the south I heard a lot about South Carolina and the Gamecocks. I know they have good tradition. Steve Spurrier's there now. The job he and his coaching staff have done the past couple years, and the way they've moved up in rushing since they've been there, that's very interesting to me. I like the location too. South Carolina is a program that I'm really interested in, so that offer made me happy. I'm really excited about that."

According to Womble, the Gamecocks have told him that he is one of their top targets at the running back position this year.

"Coach G. said I‘m one of the best he‘s seen anywhere, and they would love to have me. He said they‘ll be taking one back, and they would like to have me."

While the physical back is clearly high on the Gamecocks, he is not ready to name any favorites just yet.

"I don't really have any favorites right now. I'm still wide open at this point, but I'll start narrowing it down in a couple of months or so."

Womble, who plans to visit South Carolina, North Carolina, N.C. State and Duke in mid-July, knows what factors he is looking for in a school, but he is in no hurry to make a final decision.

"I'll look at graduation rates, tradition, coaching stability and my comfort with the coaching staff. I'm going to take my official visits in the fall, and I‘ll make my decision either late in the season or after the postseason."

When asked to describe what strengths he brings to the football field, Womble said that he is the complete package out of the backfield.

"I'm a between-the-tackles runner, but my speed is surprising. I'm a big, power back, but I can run with the cornerbacks. My best forty yard dash was a 4.40, so I'm a power back with speed."

As a junior last season, Womble carried the ball 180 times for 1250 yards and 15 touchdowns, as he became the first Buena running back to top the 1,000 yard mark in ten years. He benches 370 pounds, squats 510 and claims a 34-inch vertical leap. Womble projects as a full qualifier with a 3.0 core GPA and a 1560 on the SAT.

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