Huge commitment

Coach Robert Gillespie and the Gamecocks picked up a huge commitment from Perry (GA) 4-star offensive lineman Johnnie Farms on Monday night, securing their second offensive line commitment of the 2009 recruiting class and filling a key need at offensive guard. Read inside as the nation's no. 6 ranked offensive guard discusses his decision to commit to South Carolina.


Johnnie Farms, who measures in at a rock solid 6'2 and 306 pounds, said several factors stood out to him about South Carolina during the recruiting process and helped him decide to become a Gamecock.

"I called coach Gillespie, and I committed to South Carolina just a few minutes ago," said an enthusiastic Farms. "It's a real nice place. I can get early playing time. I'm cool with the coaching staff and the players. I like the fans. I just love the feeling of South Carolina Gamecock football. It's also a great place to get an education at."

Auburn was long thought to be the frontrunner for Farms' services, but in the end it was the city life of USC that appealed to the elite Peach State lineman.

"Auburn is in the country. I live in the country now. I don't want to leave the country to go and live in the country. I want to leave the country and experience the city life. I like South Carolina more than I like Auburn. It's a big decision. Auburn's closer to home, but I want to go to South Carolina and be a Gamecock."

According to Farms, the opportunity for early playing time factored strongly into his decision.

"I'm going to come in and fight for a position. They said I could get some playing time at left guard if I can win a spot. That was a big part of my decision."

Farms was in attendance at South Carolina's game against Georgia earlier this month, and he was very impressed with the Gamecocks' performance in that contest. Although the Gamecocks fell just short in a narrow 14-7 loss to UGA, Farms is already counting down the days until USC plays the Bulldogs in Athens next fall.

"I liked how we played against the number three ranked team in the nation. I think we should have beat Georgia, but hopefully we'll beat them next year when we go down there to Athens."

Farms, who boasts monstrous numbers in the weight room, said he's currently squatting 700 pounds, benching 405 pounds, and power cleaning 315 pounds. Not surprisingly, that sheer strength and power translates onto the football field, and Farms stated that he's a force on the offensive line.

"I'm very physical. I dominate. I'm a hard nosed player. My coach says I'm a bully on the field. I bully other people. Hopefully I can do the same thing in college. I know it's a big step, but I'm looking forward to it."

Farms said that he is firm in his commitment to South Carolina, and he now plans on recruiting other top prospects to join him in Columbia.

"Coach Gillespie said maybe my commitment can draw some more attention from other big time recruits so we can do something special at South Carolina. I'm going to recruit to get other people there with me so we can go ahead and win an SEC Championship next year."

Only minutes after making his commitment, the dominating lineman closed by passing on an enthusiastic message for the Gamecock Nation.

"Go Gamecocks! I'm ready to become a Gamecock, and I can't wait until next year."

Farms chose South Carolina over offers from Auburn, Alabama, LSU, Florida, Tennessee, North Carolina and others. He becomes USC's seventeenth commitment in the 2009 recruiting class.


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