Womble Excited About First Trip To USC

The Gamecocks are set to play host to one of the top running back prospects on their board on Tuesday morning, as Buena (Sierra Vista, AZ) 3-star back Jamal Womble will make his first ever trip to USC. Womble has listed the Gamecocks among his favorites for several months now, but he's excited about seeing first hand what South Carolina has to offer. Read inside for all the details.


The 5'11", 215 pound Womble is one of the most coveted prospects in the Grand Canyon State this year, and he has a busy week ahead of him on the recruiting front. Fresh off a one day camp at Wake Forest on Sunday, Womble will visit South Carolina on Tuesday morning, North Carolina on Saturday and then make a return trip to Wake Forest with his mom after that. The Gamecocks have been a fixture among Womble's list of favorites for several months now, but he's looking forward to visiting the USC campus for the first time.

"I'm looking forward to meeting the coaches and players and seeing the facilities and everything," said Womble. "I know South Carolina has a real big school. I‘ve never been there before, but they say they have real top of the line stuff. I‘m going to go up there and see for myself. I‘m meeting with Coach (Robert) Gillespie and Coach (Steve) Spurrier early in the morning, about 9:30 on Tuesday. They‘re going to give me and (teammate) Jake Muasau a tour of the campus and maybe meet a couple of the players."

Womble had previously claimed a top two of South Carolina and Nebraska, but after an enjoyable stop at Wake Forest over the weekend, he said that he's made room for the Demon Deacons among his list of favorites.

"That was my best college trip so far. Wake is going to shoot right up there with (South Carolina and Nebraska)."

The talented back, who had 180 carries for 1,250 yards and 15 touchdowns as a junior last season, shared what he likes about each of his three favorite schools.

South Carolina - "They play in the SEC. Since Coach Gillespie and Coach Spurrier have been there, the running backs have moved up like forty spots over the last few years. They're going in the right direction. I like the way Steve Spurrier uses his running backs as an all around back and gets them ready for the NFL."

Nebraska - "The tradition. They have a great program. Like nine players from Arizona went to Nebraska last year, so there's got to be something going on down there."

Wake Forest - "They're high on my list now. I saw the facilities and got a nice tour of the campus. I met all their coaches at the camp. The way that the people treated me there, it was like a community. The players are real cool. The coaches are nice. Everything was good."

Jake Muasau, who is Womble's friend and teammate from Buena High School, is rated a 3-star prospect by Scout.com, and with an offer on the table from Nebraska and strong interest from both Wake Forest and South Carolina, the two are strongly considering playing together on the next level. However, while most schools like Muasau as a safety, Womble believes his versatile teammate could flourish as a wide receiver in college as well.

"He did really well at the Wake Forest camp. He was the top receiver there. Most colleges like him at safety, but Wake liked him at receiver. I think that's going to be big for them, because I think he likes offense more than defense."

While Womble is getting a feel for some of the different schools that are pursuing him this summer, he said he plans on taking his official visits in the fall before deciding on his college choice.

"After I take my official visits, my decision will come soon after that. I really want to see where I'm comfortable at. I think that's going to be a big thing, seeing which college I'm comfortable at. I want to be comfortable with the team and the coaches. I think everything else will fall in place."

Womble, who runs a 4.47 second forty yard dash, closed by describing what strengths he brings to the football field.

"I bring a blend of power, size and speed. I'm really elusive, so it's hard to tackle me with one person. Then I've got a second gear most people wouldn't assume I have."

Womble has two official visits already set. He will visit Nebraska on September 15 when they play host to Southern Cal, and he will trip to South Carolina on November 24 for their match up with arch-rival Clemson. Womble benches 370 pounds, squats 510 and has a 34-inch vertical jump. He reports a 3.0 core GPA and a 1560 SAT.


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