"He'll be a great steal for South Carolina"

USC picked up a surprise commitment from T.C. Roberson (Asheville, NC) offensive lineman Nick Allison on Saturday afternoon - an emerging prospect that many did not know much about at the time of his commitment. However, GamecockAnthem.com caught up with Allison's head coach Jim Beatty on Monday, and he talked in-depth about what type of player South Carolina is getting in his star lineman.

According to Coach Jim Beatty, Allison has been a force for the Rams the past two years and played a key part in their 13-2 season and impressive run to the fourth round of the 3AA state playoffs last fall.

"Nick has been a great player for us. He's been a joy to coach. He's a big, strong, aggressive, tough kid that does everything we've ever asked him to do," said Beatty. "He started on varsity as a sophomore. He's a big reason why we've been so successful here the last few years, just being able to run right behind him."

When asked to describe what makes Allison such a valuable commodity as an offensive lineman on the gridiron, Beatty replied that his combination of size, strength, athleticism, and toughness are unmatched.

"He's got great feet and good size. He's strong. He loves to be aggressive. He's an aggressive run blocker that really likes to put people on their back," he said. "He's got a bench press max of 315. His squat is 475. But his most impressive stat is his power clean, which is 320. He broke the school record just a couple weeks ago in the power clean. I've never had an offensive lineman that's been that explosive with power cleans."

While Allison had received strong interest from several major programs like North Carolina, N.C. State, Tennessee, and others, South Carolina was the first school to jump on board with an offer, and Beatty believes the Gamecocks got a steal in his 6'4", 285 pound trenchman.

"I think he'll be a great steal for South Carolina. They really liked his aggressiveness, the way his feet are, the way he comes off the ball, and just the way he wants to manhandle people. I think in the SEC he'll be a great asset for them. I think they'll play him at guard. He can run, he's run a 5.1 forty for us. I think he can do just about anything they need him to do."

Allison told GamecockAnthem.com on Saturday that he is firm in his commitment to USC, but Beatty believes that other offers will soon follow and that opposing schools will try to sway him once word gets out about him in the coming months.

"Everybody that has come in this year has liked his size and has liked how he's put together. Everybody invited him to their one day camp, but South Carolina came in and liked what they saw on tape and how he looked in person. They were the first ones to offer so he went down and visited and really liked everything about the place. He committed to them, but I think other schools will come in here in the fall trying to steal him away. I believe South Carolina got a real steal."

As good of a player as Allison is on the field, Beatty stated that he is an even better individual off the field and that the Gamecocks have landed a first class young man.

"He's a super kid. He's real nice. He's always: 'Yes, sir. No, sir.' We never have any complaints from any of his teachers. He's just a joy to be around. His friends and teammates love him. As his position coach, I love him to death. I just think he's one of those kids that doesn't come along very often. You're just glad to have him the short time you do."

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