Jeffery has 'Great' Official Visit

The South Carolina Gamecocks' big recruiting weekend is coming to a finish as many of the prospects who were on campus have had their exit interviews with head coach Steve Spurrier and are headed home. One of those prospects is four-star Columbia HS star DaMario Jeffery. Jeffery and teammate Chris Payne made the short drive to check out the campus and do some recruiting of their own.

"It was great," Jeffery said of the visit. Jeffery, who has been committed to South Carolina since August, has made the short trip to the USC campus many times before, but did say he saw some things he hadn't noticed on previous trips.

"I mean the overall style of the campus, I never really paid any attention to," Jeffery said. "The overall style (stood out)."

With many players already committed to South Carolina also in Columbia for their official visits, the future Gamecocks were all able to hang out in one place for the first time.

"It was a good connection; nobody had any problems," Jeffery said. "We laughed with each other and asked each other when we were coming in and exchanged numbers."

While not hanging out with his future teammates, Jeffery spent time with many of the South Carolina coaches. Defensive coordinator Lorenzo Ward particularly stood out to him.

"I spent a little time with Ward and (Ellis) Johnson," Jeffery said. "I don't know too much about (Ward's) coaching besides what he told me, but I think he's a nice guy. I don't know too much coaching-wise about him. He was just telling us that him and Ellis Johnson haven't talked about the schemes. He was telling us to get a degree and go to class, stuff like that."

Despite not having a good feel for what type of coach Ward is, Jeffery believes he will have no trouble adapting to his coaching technique.

"Me personally, I think I can fit in with any coach, depending on the scheme," Jeffery said. "The scheme is going to be the same as with Ellis Johnson, so I think I can fit in."

The position Jeffery will play in that scheme has yet to be determined. He could start out at the spur linebacker hybrid position or could grow into a true linebacker.

"It's pretty much unknown right now; it will probably be based on my forty (yard dash) time."

The nation's No. 12 weakside linebacker according to Scout.com, also enjoyed his exit interview with head coach Steve Spurrier.

"He asked me a couple of questions like what number I want and stuff like that," he said. "He was kidding around asking me would I like to play on offense and stuff like that."

With his official visit out of the way, and less than a semester of high school left, Jeffery will now turn his attention to academics and being ready for summer workouts.

"Right now I'm looking at graduating with no problems; I've basically just go to maintain what I have now," Jeffery said. "They just told me a couple of things (about working out), but they can't give me anything officially. I sign next month so they can give me workout stuff then."

Jeffery met strength coach Craig Fitzgerald for the first time and quickly took notice of the philosophy he is bringing to South Carolina.

"I like his plan," Jeffery said. "His plan is basically to compete in the weight room, which will make you get stronger because you're trying to beat the other guy. I just was sitting there trying to listen; I just try to listen all the time."

Jeffery has spent the last few months rehabbing a devastating injury that cut his senior season short. The healing process has unfolded at a rapid pace. He had one message he wanted to deliver to Gamecock Nation.

"I'm back!"

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