Spearman ready to report

Greenwood (SC) 3-star athlete Jay Spearman committed to South Carolina back in the summer, fulfilling a lifelong dream of becoming a Gamecock. The versatile performer, who is graduating early and enrolling at USC in January, made his official visit to Carolina this past weekend. Read inside to find out how Spearman's visit went and what his goals are for his freshman year at South Carolina.

The 6'1", 190 pound Spearman, who runs a 4.36 second forty yard dash, said he thoroughly enjoyed his visit to USC over the weekend, and he had a good time hanging out with one of his future Gamecock teammates.

"I took my official visit over the weekend. I was there Friday, Saturday and Sunday. It was fun. I heard a lot of positive stuff from everybody. I liked the campus, and I got to watch some of the state (championship) games too. It was a lot of fun," said Spearman. "Mark Barnes was my host. I knew him before, so we all went out and visited people and checked out the campus and stuff to see what it was like."

While on campus, Spearman had the opportunity to talk with several of the USC coaches, and despite the Gamecocks' disappointing end to the 2007 season, the coaches remained very positive and upbeat about the future of the program.

"I talked with basically all of the coaches. They're all fun people to be around and very down to earth. They talked about (the football season) and said they were still young and still learning. They said next year they'll go for the SEC," said Spearman. "(Coach Spurrier) was saying they're very excited, and they can't wait to get me in in January. He's looking forward to doing something big next year."

Spearman also got a good feel for which position will give him the best opportunity to see the field as a true freshman.

"They're saying I can play either wide receiver or corner, but at corner it'll be the fastest way I can play. I could play receiver if I wanted to, but I can play early at corner."

The Palmetto State standout, who racked up 1,300 all purpose yards and 10 touchdowns while leading his Greenwood team to an 11-2 record this season, closed by sharing what his goals are for his upcoming freshman year at USC.

"I'm looking forward to playing as a freshman. I'm just going to work hard to get bigger, faster and stronger and help the team win something big."

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