Q. Smith excited about future at USC

The Gamecocks played host to several official visitors this weekend in arguably their biggest recruiting weekend of the year, and USC commitment Quin Smith was among the prospects on campus. GamecockAnthem.com caught up with the athletic Tar Heel State product, and he discussed his time in Columbia, his impressions of the new Carolina coaches, and the possibility of playing on offense at USC.

Quin Smith, who measures in at an athletic 6-2 and 210 pounds, originally committed to South Carolina last summer and has been on campus multiple times since, but he still found his official visit over the weekend to his liking.

"I had a really good time. I hung out with a bunch of guys and learned a little bit more about South Carolina," said Smith. "I got there on Saturday. We took a tour of the stadium, and they showed us the new facilities they've put in like the training rooms and stuff like that. That was nice. I also got to meet some of the new coaches coming in. We took a small tour of the campus took. Everything was really good."

The new coaches at USC include new offensive line coach and running game coordinator Eric Wolford, new quarterbacks coach G.A. Mangus, new defensive coordinator and safeties coach Lorenzo Ward, and new strength and conditioning coach Craig Fitzgerald. According to Smith, he enjoyed meeting all of the new coaches and liked the enthusiasm they showed this weekend.

"They all seemed like pretty cool guys, and they all seemed excited about being at South Carolina. I'm excited about working with them," he said. "I met (Coach Fitzgerald). He's a pretty good guy. He definitely seems like he knows what he's doing, and I'm really excited about getting in the weight room with him and working with him."

Smith, who was hosted by USC safety Chris Culliver on his visit, also had the opportunity to talk with Coach Ellis Johnson while on campus, and although his future is still likely at outside linebacker, the possibility to play on offense, where he thrived in high school, did come up this weekend.

"We talked a good bit while I was there. I like (Coach Johnson) a lot. I think he's going to try me as an outside linebacker, but he and Coach Ray said a little something about tailback too maybe. I can do pretty good at that position too," he noted. "They said I have a good chance of coming in my freshman year and competing to play a little bit. They told me to keep working hard, and they gave us a book so we can start working on weight training and stuff like that."

The Gamecocks have put together a consensus top 15 recruiting class at this point, and according to Smith the USC coaches made it clear over the weekend that they're excited about the incoming crop of players.

"The coaches are excited about this class. They were always talking about us coming in and making an impact. It's going to be a new year to start fresh and do something great."

Speaking of the incoming players, Smith had a great time interacting with and getting to know several of his future teammates over the weekend.

"I got to know a lot of them. They're all good guys. They're all cool, and I'm looking forward to playing with them," he said. "I'm excited about being a Gamecock."

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