Allison thoroughly impressed with Wolford

Gamecock offensive line commitment Nick Allison made his official visit to South Carolina over the weekend, and the hard-nosed lineman got to meet his future position coach Eric Wolford for the first time while in Columbia. Read inside as Allison discusses his impressions of Wolford and much more.


Nick Allison, who measured in at a solid 6-4.5 and 300 pounds during his visit, enjoyed learning more about South Carolina while on his official visit over the weekend.

"It went really good. I learned a lot of stuff," said Allison. "They just added a new training room in the stadium, and that was incredible. It was really nice. That really stood out. Also, this time I got to really talk with one of the professors. I'm trying to major in film and media studies, so it was cool talking with one of the professors there to find out what it's all about."

One of the highlights of the trip for Allison was meeting with new offensive line coach Eric Wolford, and he was extremely impressed with Wolford's vision and coaching philosophy.

"He's a great guy. He's really got a great understanding of the game, and he's got a great philosophy of what he wants to do with the offensive line. He talked about the type attitude you'll need to play for him. You'll really need a good work ethic. I'm just ready to play for him."

After talking with Wolford and some of the other USC coaches, Allison also got a better idea of how he'll fit into the Gamecocks' plans early in his career.

"What they told me was I'll more than likely get redshirted because most freshman offensive linemen get redshirted, but they said I still need to be ready to play. They said just train as hard as I can in the offseason and we'll see what happens," he said. "They said they're looking at me mostly for guard, but they also want me to try working on snapping and maybe playing a little center."

Another new coach who made a very positive impression on Allison was new strength and conditioning coach Craig Fitzgerald.

"He seems like he really knows what he's doing. I like his workout philosophy. I talked with some of the players that have gone through a few of his workouts, and they said the way he does it he makes it fun. He makes it fun to work out and run. I'm looking forward to it," he said. "They gave us a copy of the workouts that they're doing so we can do it at home."

Allison enjoyed interacting with several of his fellow USC commitments as well as one particular uncommitted prospect while on campus.

"It was cool hanging out with them. I got to know a few of them better. I played with a few of them in the Shrine Bowl like Quin Smith. I talked with Quinton Washington a little bit, and he's a good guy. It seemed like he really liked everything."

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