Did Auguste make the grade?

GamecockAnthem.com caught up with USC commitment Akeem Auguste on Thursday night, and the 4-star cornerback, who spent this fall at Fork Union Military Academy in an attempt to become academically eligible, discussed the latest in his quest to enroll at South Carolina in January and much more. Read inside for all the details.

The 5'11", 180 pound Auguste, who developed the reputation of being one of the top high school cover corners in the country before signing with the Gamecocks in the 2007 recruiting class, reported good news on Thursday night as he's made the necessary test scores to enroll at South Carolina next month.

"Things are looking good. I got my qualifying ACT score, and I'm just waiting to be cleared," said Auguste. "They're off for Christmas right now, but I think sometime next week I'll get the go-ahead (to enroll for the spring semester)."

Auguste is excited about the opportunity to join his Gamecock teammates, and he's been assured by the USC coaches that he'll have the opportunity to compete for early playing time.

"They said there's a good possibility I can play early. I've got to come in there and play good and play as hard as I can. With God's blessing, I could be starting."

The Hollywood, FL native, who recorded 5 interceptions on defense and also returned 2 punts for touchdown this fall in the prep school ranks, is very confident that he can make an impact on the Gamecock defense next season.

"I want to play. I want to show the world. I'm coming to win an SEC Championship. That's my goal for my first year," he said. "Basically, I lock down one side of the field. I feel like my abilities are better than anybody's out there. I've just got to go out there and show them. Hopefully I can do some returns too. If they give me a chance, I'd love to play returns."

Auguste is friends with a several of the current Gamecock players, and he's been given a good idea of what to expect when the winter workouts start up in mid-January under strength and conditioning coach Mark Smith.

"I've been working out down here to keep ready. Dontee Nicholls and Emanuel Cook, they're always telling me to get ready for the workouts. They call the strength coordinator 'Black Iron.' I'm definitely looking forward to meeting him. He's been in the league, and he's probably got a whole bunch he can teach me. He can probably get me a little bit faster too."

While the early morning workouts are sure to be a challenge, Auguste believes that his time at Fork Union Military Academy has helped him mature and be better prepared for what lies ahead.

"You go in a boy and come out a man (at Fork Union). I feel like I've grown up a lot."

According to Auguste, he's looking forward to re-uniting with Eric Baker and Antonio Allen at USC after rooming with both of them at prep school, and he believes that all three have a good chance to make it into school in January.

"Those are my friends, both of them. We roomed together (at Fork Union). It was all three of us in one room for the three or four months we were up there. I think all three of us might be able to make it up there in January. I heard Antonio, he got his test score. We're all just waiting on the clearinghouse to go through. If we get cleared, then all three of us will be up there January 10th. Hopefully we'll room together again because we've got a real close bond. I think that'd be cool."

Auguste, who runs a 4.39 second forty yard dash, closed by passing on a message for the Gamecock Nation.

"We will win the SEC. Get ready. I can't lose."

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