"I've never experienced anything like that"

The Gamecocks lost a heartbreaking 23-21 contest to arch-rival Clemson on Saturday night, but there was some good that came out of the weekend for USC. The Gamecocks played host to a number of elite prospects at Saturday's game, including Buena (Sierra Vista, AZ) standout running back Jamal Womble, who took in his first ever South Carolina home game. Read inside for all the details.

The 5'11", 215 pound Womble, who made an unofficial visit to USC over the summer, said he came away with a whole new impression of South Carolina after this weekend and was blown away by USC's game day atmosphere.

"It was a good trip. I enjoyed the visit. The most impressive thing about the whole entire trip was the game time atmosphere. That was crazy. I've never experienced anything like that in my life," said Womble. "I had a pretty thorough unofficial visit when I went there before. I learned about the academics and took a tour of the campus and stuff then. Basically this time I went down there and hung out with the players. I interacted with them and talked with the coaches. I didn't learn much new, but I did see the real South Carolina this time."

While in Columbia, Womble had the opportunity to talk with several of the Gamecock coaches, including his recruiter and potential position coach at USC, Robert Gillespie.

"I went to breakfast with Coach Gillespie and Coach Spurrier. I went to dinner with Coach Gillespie also. We talked a lot while I was there," said Womble. "We talked about some basic stuff like how my season went and how their season is going. They haven't had a good second half (of the season) this year, and they were telling me about that."

After watching a number of South Carolina games on TV this year and seeing the Gamecock offense first hand on Saturday night, Womble said he likes how Coach Spurrier utilizes the running backs in his offense.

"It was nice. It was what I expected after watching them on TV. They run a lot of swing routes, zone plays, reads and things like that."

The Gamecocks recently picked up a commitment from running back Kenny Miles out of Snellville, GA, but according to Womble, that won't play a factor in his decision.

"No, that won't affect my decision at all. That's just more competition for me. Wherever I go, I'm going to have to compete anyway, so them having another running back (committed) doesn't mean much when I'm going to have to go in there and compete. I'd compete the same whether he was there or not."

When asked to rate his trip to USC on a scale between one and ten, Womble gave his visit to Columbia high marks.

"I'd say it was a 9.5 because they didn't get the win. Everything else was great. That was easily the best game day environment I've been around, period - NFL or college," said Womble. "They definitely helped their chances this weekend."

Womble entered the weekend holding North Carolina as his slight leader, but following his trip to USC, he is not going on record with any favorites. He has, however, decided on a timeframe for his decision.

"I'm making my commitment after the ASU visit (On December 1). So as far as leaders, I can't comment on that. You can expect a decision about December 5."

The versatile runner, who possesses good size and power but has also been timed as low as 4.37 seconds in the forty yard dash, closed by discussing what factors he will consider when deciding on the school of his choice.

"I'm just going to sit down after my visits and look at everything academically and from a sports standpoint. I'll also look at where I can get in and play early and make an impact."

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