Womble "Loved" South Carolina Visit

Buena (Sierra Vista, AZ) 3-star running back Jamal Womble is one of South Carolina's top backfield targets in the 2008 class. While Womble had listed South Carolina among his favorites for the past several months, the highly touted back had never set foot on the USC campus until Tuesday morning. Was his time in Columbia enough to vault the Gamecocks to the top of his list? Read inside to find out.


Following his one day stop at Wake Forest over the weekend, Jamal Womble was very impressed with what the defending ACC Champion Demon Deacons had to offer. However, after spending much of Tuesday on the South Carolina campus and getting a feel for what big time SEC football is all about, Womble said his trip to USC went above and beyond anything he had previously experienced.

"Me and my mom and dad all went to South Carolina today. That trip was nothing short of great. It was the best trip I‘ve had. Wake Forest was the best (before), but South Carolina came in and it was just amazing," said Womble. "The players, the coaches, the strength coach, the stadium, the fact I‘d have a chance to come in and play early - It was all great. It was a real, real good visit."

The 5'11", 215 pound Womble, who runs a 4.47 second forty yard dash, had an action packed day in Columbia, arriving around 9 a.m. and staying through the afternoon.

"We went there in the morning, and Coach (Robert) Gillespie gave us the tour. First we went around and saw the academic buildings, the cafeteria, where the players hang out and the rest of the campus. Then we came back and sat down with Coach (Steve) Spurrier. He told me how I could fit into his plans. He's a real, real cool guy. He'd be great to play for. After that, they showed us the new weight rooms, the new meeting rooms, and the new jerseys that they're gonna be wearing. They took us inside the stadium. It was a great trip overall. I loved it."

The Grand Canyon State prospect even had the opportunity to interact with a couple of current Gamecock players, which further solidified his view of South Carolina as a place he could see himself playing.

"I talked with Brian Maddox, their incoming freshman running back. I also talked to one of their cornerbacks. They told me they love playing for Coach Spurrier and love playing for South Carolina. They were cool."

Following his near perfect trip to Columbia, Womble said only one thing could have made his visit more perfect - seeing a South Carolina home game.

"It was a 9.5 (out of 10) just because I didn't get to see a game. Everything else was perfect. I'm definitely looking forward to coming back for my official (on November 24). I can‘t wait for it."

After spending the past few months tied with Nebraska atop Womble's list, the Gamecocks have now emerged as the clear favorite for Womble's services following his trip to USC.

"I've got South Carolina at the top of my list. Nebraska and South Carolina were neck and neck, but since I've seen South Carolina, they've moved up a little bit past them."

While USC is now the team to beat, Womble warns that he still plans on taking all of his official visits before announcing his college choice.

"I really want to take my official visits before making a decision. I'll probably make it about two weeks after my officials are over. I don't know all of them yet, but I want to take all five (official visits) before committing."

Womble said he will close out his East Coast trip by visiting Duke and North Carolina this weekend. Then he will turn his attention to his upcoming senior season, before beginning his official visits in the fall.


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