Clifford Receives Offer and Commits

South Carolina head coach Steve Spurrier told Andrew Clifford a few weeks ago that he wanted Clifford to come in for an official visit and that he would see about a possible offer. Spurrier must have liked what he saw in the Tampa signal-caller as he offered Sunday and Clifford quickly accepted. Read inside as GamecockAnthem.com has the full report on the Wharton HS signal-caller's commitment.

The week before taking his official visit Andrew Clifford said he didn't know what he would do if South Carolina head coach Steve Spurrier offered him a scholarship to play quarterback for the Gamecocks.

But the 6'3", 215-pound Wharton HS standout knew just what to do when that offer did come.

"I had a meeting with him in his office before I left," Clifford says. "They just told me they wanted me to come there and they offered me. I mean what better opportunity? I took it."

Clifford, who was also receiving interest from FIU and FAU, says the decision was a no-brainer.

"I fell in love right when I got there. Everything there fits me. I'm just excited to be going to a school that I know I'm going to love the next four to five years and the rest of my life. I'm just ready to go in and play ball and do everything I can to help them win."

Clifford was hosted on the visit by Mike Triglia, who is also from the state of Florida and signed with South Carolina last year. He says how the other players interacted and talked about the university was also important to him.

"He would come to dinner and then he would take me out after," Clifford said. "All the players I met the whole weekend had nothing but good things to say about (USC). That's the first people you want to ask is the players."

He was also able to spend ample time with new quarterbacks coach G.A. Mangus, his future position coach. Clifford says he and Mangus got along great.

"That's another important thing about it," he said. "You've got to enjoy your position coach, because you're going to be spending most of your time with him. I'm going to enjoy working hard with him for however long I play there. He seems like a really cool guy."

Lastly, Clifford wanted to send out a message to all of the Gamecock Nation.

"I'm excited and I hear nothing but good things about the fans. I'm excited to do everything that I can to help USC win. I've watched YouTube videos of how crazy Williams Brice gets. I hear nothing but good things, so I'm excited to go run out the tunnel and do everything I can to the best of my abilities and make all the fans happy."

In the past two seasons Clifford has thrown for over 3,700 yards with 30 touchdowns and 13 interceptions. He also rushed for 10 touchdowns as a senior. He is the No. 125 ranked QB in the nation according to Scout.com.

Clifford is one of two prospects who committed to South Carolina this weekend. He and Hargrave defensive lineman Leon Mackey mark the Gamecocks' 27th and 28th commitments of the 2009 class.

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