Jones excited about future at USC

The future is very exciting for South Carolina football. With a team poised to compete for an SEC East title in 2010, Gamecock fans are gearing up to finish the 2010 recruiting cycle in style. This weekend will be the biggest recruiting weekend of the year, with fifteen committed prospects on campus in Columbia.

Perhaps one of the commitments that USC fans should feel most excited about is Byrnes High School wide receiver Nick Jones. Jones finished off a stellar career in disappointing fashion, losing 28-17 to Dorman in the State Championship game. However, the three-star receiver could not be more excited about taking his official visit to Carolina and beginning his Gamecock career.

"I'm just looking forward to seeing how much fun I'm going to have, getting to know my future teammates, and just how comfortable I am around the campus because I'm going to be there for the next four years," said Jones.

Coming from a program that expects to win championships like Byrnes, Jones said that he will bring not only those high expectations, but a great work ethic to Coach Steve Spurrier's football team.

"I'm just going to bring hard work, dedication, (and) I'm going to give 100 percent in everything I do and hopefully we can win a SEC Championship and possibly a National Championship in the years I'm there."

Maybe the most important part of establishing a winning tradition is changing a team's culture. As for this year's team, Jones said that the 2009 edition of the Gamecocks made great strides, but he and the rest of his signing class could make big moves in the next four years.

"It was pretty good. I think they made a good step, not the big step that they were expecting, but I see a change in South Carolina football and it's going to be a really good team in the future," added Jones.

This weekend will be a great opportunity to interact with several of his future Gamecock teammates, but Jones said he already has a very strong bond with one of his fellow commitments.

"I know Dylan Thompson pretty well, because we actually played against his team and I grew up playing against him. We've been long time, good friends."

Jones said that he is firmly committed to South Carolina, and that Cincinnati is the only team still trying to recruit him.

As for teammate Marcus Lattimore, the potential crown jewel of this year's recruiting class, Jones said that he really isn't sure where his Byrnes teammate is headed to play his college ball, but he's looking forward to visiting USC with him this weekend. Both Jones and Lattimore will arrive on the USC campus today and stay through Sunday.

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