Georgia OL Interested in South Carolina

New offensive line coach Eric Wolford will have the opportunity to bring in multiple players in the mold he likes as the Gamecocks could sign as many as five high school offensive linemen in the class of 2010. One offensive lineman claiming an early offer from Wolford and the Gamecocks is Centennial HS (Roswell, GA) prospect David Yankey. Read inside as has the full report.

6-5, 266 pound Centennial HS (Roswell, GA) offensive lineman David Yankey already claims offers from South Carolina, Florida, Stanford, Wake Forest, NC State, Tennessee, Duke and ECU with plenty of other programs showing interest.

One program that has grabbed the attention of the talented prospect early on is South Carolina.

"I went up to the junior day at South Carolina and I liked it a lot," Yankey responded when asked which schools he was looking at the hardest. "But I also went to the junior day at Duke and that was a really great trip. And I haven't went to Florida since their regular season game against South Carolina, so I'm just kind of keeping everyone in the mix and not really counting anyone out yet."

Yankey says he is still trying to learn about the South Carolina program.

"I think [that they're going to be in the mix], but I'm not sure," he said. "They just got a whole new coaching staff, so I'm just getting to know them. But there are a couple of guys that I already knew [at South Carolina], so we'll see."

Yankey worked out for new South Carolina quarterbacks coach G.A. Mangus when the coach was at Middle Tennessee State. Mangus is friends with Centennial head football coach Jeff Measor. Mangus is also Yankey's recruiter of record.

"He's a great guy; I like him a lot," Yankey said. "And he's really likable. He seems like a good coach."

While Yankey has a previous relationship with Mangus, he is still getting to know new offensive line coach Eric Wolford.

"We bumped into each other once," Yankey said. "And then we talked at junior day and stuff. I'm liking him more and more, so we'll see. I'm still getting to know him, though."

Yankey says that South Carolina and Duke are recruiting him the hardest.

He says he is also legitimately interested in the Duke program.

"I definitely think [they could be in the mix until the end]," he says. "I liked (the visit). I liked the campus and stuff, but there is still a lot more to see. So I'm not completely sure, but I did like that trip a lot more than I thought I would at least."

Yankey also enjoyed his November trip to Florida.

"I liked it; it was big and loud," he said. "It seemed like a great program that I could go and win a lot of games at."

Due to their location, Yankey says he will take visits to Georgia and Georgia Tech for spring practices. He doesn't know if he will leave the state to see other practices, though. He isn't sure if distance is going to be a factor in his recruitment in the end.

Yankey says he hopes to have a top five by the end of the semester. He then plans to officially visit all of those schools. While he doesn't have a top five, he did list the schools that he would take official visits to if he had to decide now.

"Florida, Duke, South Carolina, Stanford, I guess right now," he said. "But if Georgia were to offer in the next couple of months, they'd probably be in there or I would have one of the in-home visits with them or something like that. So, I don't know how exactly we would organize it."

The talented offensive lineman knows exactly what he will be looking for when he takes those visits.

"I want a school that I can go and even if I don't have football, people are going to know that I got a good education." he said. "I mean, you don't know what could happen, like you could get injured and stuff like that. So, I want a good education, but I also want to win a lot of football games. But I think more important than winning is like the coaching staff and how comfortable I feel with them. And then of course, the campus, the actual school itself and the college life."

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