Spearman Enjoys Game Day In Columbia

South Carolina commitment Jay Spearman was on hand for USC's season opener against Louisiana Lafayette on Saturday night, and the 3-star rated Greenwood (SC) standout came away impressed with many of the changes in Carolina's game day atmosphere. Read inside as GamecockAnthem talks the latest with Spearman, including an update on which schools are still trying to sway him from his USC commitment.

The 6'1", 190 pound Spearman, who committed to South Carolina back in May, has attended South Carolina football games ever since he was a child, but the continued improvements in USC's game day atmosphere specifically caught his attention on Saturday night, and he admitted that he can't wait to be on the field with the Gamecocks beginning next season.

"Man, it was fun. I liked it a lot. Being out there was a good experience, and there was a lot of new stuff with the Under Armour and all that. It's a big improvement. It's really nice," said Spearman. "It'll be fun playing with them (next year). It's going to be a great experience playing in front of all those people at night under the lights."

Although the Gamecocks won a sloppy 28-14 game against a feisty Louisiana Lafayette squad, Spearman came away impressed with the performance of a few players on the field.

"I think everybody played hard. The free safety, Brandon Isaac, he made a lot of big plays. Kenny McKinley and the tight ends had some big plays. They did pretty good."

Spearman, who said he plans to attend several of USC's home games this fall, also got the opportunity to interact with a few of the other visiting prospects in attendance at Saturday's game.

"I talked with some of the other guys while we were eating and stuff. I talked with Robert Quinn, Kenneth Page and a few others."

According to Spearman, he's also gotten to know several of the Gamecocks' other commitments pretty well through the recruiting process.

"I know them all pretty well. I went to a quarterback camp with (Reid McCollum), and I talk with Shaq Wilson like everyday. He saw when I committed, and he has a friend on our team too, so we've kept in touch. I also talk with Kenny Davis. We played them in a jamboree a few weeks ago."

The versatile Spearman, who said he keeps in touch with several of USC's coaches, could play either wide receiver or defensive back when he arrives at Carolina next year.

"They've told me I can play DB or receiver, whichever one they need me the most at."

As far as his senior season goes, Spearman's Greenwood squad is off to a good start, and they're aiming for another state title this fall.

"We're 2-0 right now. We're trying to win state again and go 15-0. We won this past Friday 24-7 against South Aiken. I think I had like 100 yards rushing, and I threw for 142. I'm just looking to improve every game and be the best that I can be this year."

Even though he's been committed to the Gamecocks for nearly four months, Spearman said that he continues to receive mail from opposing schools that are interested in his services, but he remains firm in his pledge to South Carolina.

"I still get stuff from Louisville like everyday. Louisville, Georgia Tech and a bunch of other schools send me postcards and stuff like that, but I'm firmly committed to Carolina."

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