Could Coffee commit soon?

South Carolina's biggest position of need this recruiting cycle is at the linebacker position, and the Gamecocks played host to one of the top linebacker prospects in the Sunshine State over the weekend in Ft. Walton Beach (FL) standout Matt Coffee. Read inside as Coffee discusses his trip to USC, names a leader in the race for his services, and discusses a possible timetable for his decision.

"It was good. I enjoyed it," said the 5'11", 210 pound Coffee. "I just went around the campus with Coach (Shane) Beamer. And he just showed me all the facilities and all the stuff they're building, and he showed me the stadium, too."

While Coffee, who was accompanied by his mother, said he enjoyed the entire visit, one thing stood out to him the most while he was in Columbia.

"Probably the stadium. I really liked the stadium, and the new training room they're making. It's going to be nice."

Coffee, who runs the forty-yard dash in 4.52 seconds, says he and Beamer have developed a strong relationship and comfort level during the recruiting process, and he enjoyed hanging out with him this weekend.

"He was cool. I liked him," Coffee said. "I mean I've been talking to him on the phone, so I already really knew who he was and knew him kind of before I went up there."

Coffee was high on the Gamecocks before making the trip to USC, but he had never been to Columbia before and said he got all of his questions answered this weekend. The positive visit has placed the Gamecocks firmly out front for Coffee's services.

"They're leading right now," he said.

The athletic linebacker said he was close to committing this weekend, but decided it wasn't quite time yet.

"I was (thinking about committing), but I'm just going to wait a little bit longer. But I will."

While Coffee previously said he would wait until after his senior season to make a commitment, the visit may have moved that timetable up.

"I'm not really sure (when I'll commit), probably sometime in the summer, maybe before the season."

If there was a negative to Coffee's visit, it was that he didn't get to meet head coach Steve Spurrier or defensive coordinator Ellis Johnson, who were both out of town due to previously made family plans. Coffee says he has talked to both of the coaches on the phone, though.

"[Johnson] is cool. I kept up with him when he was at Mississippi State. I think he did really good when he was there."

The three-star linebacker closed by reiterating how much he enjoyed his time at South Carolina over the weekend.

"It was a beautiful campus. It was spread out. They're definitely coming up, so I just want to be a part of it."

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