McCollum Becomes a Gamecock

Summerville (SC) star quarterback Reid McCollum grew up dreaming to play football at the University of South Carolina, and on Saturday afternoon his dream became a reality. USC offered McCollum a scholarship after evaluating him at their one day camp, and the savvy pocket passer, who many consider to be the #1 signal-caller in the state, committed to the Gamecocks on the spot.

The 6'4", 193 pound McCollum, who threw for nearly 3,000 yards and 25 touchdowns as a junior last season, was thrilled to become a Gamecock on Saturday afternoon, and he discussed how the series of events took place.

"I feel like I threw the ball real well today, and I was hoping coming in that if I threw the ball well that an offer would come. Spurrier just told me that he really likes the way that I throw the ball, and he wanted me to be a Gamecock," said McCollum. "He said I didn't have to commit right now, but I told him, ‘This is where I want to play,' so I committed right there on the spot. He was really excited when I told him that. I'm happy to be a Gamecock, and I'm definitely firm in my commitment."

Spurrier and staff had been very patient and selective in evaluating quarterbacks over the past few months, as they only want to sign one signal-caller in the 2008 class, but now that McCollum is their man, he said it was well worth the wait.

"This is definitely a dream come true. Ever since I can remember I've wanted to play at Williams Brice. I've been waiting for this day for a while, and it's just awesome that it's finally come. I'm excited, and I'm ready to be up there."

According to McCollum, he likes a number of factors about the South Carolina program, none of which are more significant to him, however, than the opportunity to work under Steve Spurrier during his college career.

"All the facilities are top notch. Their stadium is great. The academics are all just top notch. Steve Spurrier is a quarterback guru, and I feel like I can really fit into his type of offense. I'm a drop back passer that likes to throw the ball downfield, and that's what he likes to do. Hopefully we'll work well together, and I'm excited to get started."

McCollum believes that USC's highly touted 2007 recruiting class, which many consider to be the best class in the history of the South Carolina football program, was only the tip of the iceberg, and other top prospects will continue to be drawn to Columbia in the coming years.

"South Carolina's got a lot to offer, and I know other great players are going to want to go there once they get to see the campus and meet all the coaches. I'm sure they're going to have a lot more great athletes coming up here in the next few years."

Gamecock fans around the country will get the opportunity to watch McCollum and his Summerville team in action on the weekend of August 24, as they are playing a nationally televised game against one of the top schools from the state of Florida.

"We're playing Booker T. Washington out of Miami, Florida at the end of August. That'll be on ESPN from what I hear. We're working towards that, and it's just going to push us a lot harder this summer."

McCollum, who was named the Most Valuable Quarterback at the Athens NIKE camp back in April, believes schools like Virginia, Wake Forest, Duke, and N.C. State could still extend offers his way in an attempt to sway him from the Gamecocks, but he said he is firm in his commitment. He becomes the Gamecocks' fourth commitment in the 2008 recruiting class.

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