Gamecocks land Tar Heel State lineman

Coach Ray Rychleski and the Gamecocks picked up a commitment from T.C. Roberson (Asheville, NC) sleeper offensive lineman Nick Allison on Saturday afternoon. caught up with Allison shortly following his commitment, and he talked in-depth about why he's decided to play his college ball at South Carolina.

Allison, who measures in at an athletic 6'4" and 285 pounds, picked up an offer from South Carolina a couple of weeks ago, and after making an unofficial visit to Columbia on Friday to check out what all the Gamecocks have to offer, he didn't take long to get back in touch with the USC coaches and give his verbal commitment on Saturday afternoon.

"I committed to South Carolina today," said an enthusiastic Allison. "I've always followed South Carolina, and I've always thought they had a great team. I took a visit there yesterday to meet the coaches and see the campus. I really like the program they have down there. They have a great coaching staff, really nice facilities, and a nice campus. I was really comfortable down there."

Allison met with several of the USC coaches while on campus Friday, including head coach Steve Spurrier, offensive line coach John Hunt, and his recruiter Ray Rychleski. According to Allison, he felt very comfortable with the Gamecock coaches and liked how they said he could fit into South Carolina's system.

"They told me that they really like what kind of player I am, and they said I could fit in well with their program. They said they'd really like me to be a part of their program," he said. "They said I could probably play tackle and guard on the offensive line. I don't (have a preference). I guess it's wherever I have a chance to play first."

The athletic Tar Heel State lineman, who was also receiving strong interest from Clemson, North Carolina, N.C. State, Tennessee, and others, described what type of skill set Gamecock fans can expect to see out of him as a lineman in the coming years.

"I think I come off the ball real well. I play real aggressive, and I like to think that I have a lot of intensity when I'm playing," he noted. "I'm definitely going to bring everything I've got to South Carolina, and hopefully everybody will like watching me play."

When asked how firm he is in his commitment to the Gamecocks, Allison insisted that he is rock solid in his pledge to play for South Carolina.

"This ends it for me. I know where I want to play. I'm positive I want to play at South Carolina."

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