Jones talks official

Byrnes three-star wide receiver Nick Jones joined South Carolina's class of 2010 when he committed to the Gamecocks in late November. This weekend Jones got the chance to spend time with many of his future teammates when he took his official visit to Columbia. Look inside as Jones talks about that visit with GamecockAnthem.com.

"It went real good," Jones said. "I met a lot of people that I'm going to be familiar with for the next four years."

While Jones was already close with visitors like Carolina commitment Dylan Thompson and Gamecock target Marcus Lattimore, he says he made fast friends with many other future teammates.

"It was real good," he said of hanging out with everyone. "It feels like that I've known those guys for my whole life. We just all bonded so easily, so fast. I could just see them as all my best friends right now."

The 5-9, 171-pound prospect says that his favorite activity during the official was going to Jillian's and playing the games.

Jones says he was hosted by Stephon Gilmore and DeVonte Holloman, both of which he played against in a scrimmage when the two were starring at South Pointe HS. While he knew Gilmore before, he says he got to know him even better on the visit. Gilmore and Holloman, who both played as freshman and are mature beyond their years, gave Jones some advice about what to expect.

"They were just telling me that nothing is going to be given to you," Jones said. "You just have to come in and work hard and just do what you've got to do."

Jones also spent time with the entire offensive staff, but says most of the time he was with his future position coach, wide receivers coach Steve Spurrier, Jr.

"They was just saying when I come in they are going to try me in there in the slot," he said, "try to get me [the ball] on some reverses, some screens, and definitely use me at kick return and punt return."

While it's less than three weeks until Jones will sign with South Carolina on National Signing Day, he says he has a long way to go until he's ready to compete at the SEC level.

"I just have to work hard in the weight room and get faster, quicker, and a lot more smarter than I am now," he says. "[I have to] start learning plays in the playbook and everything else."

He then hopes to bring that attitude to Columbia.

"I'm just going to try to bring hard work and dedication to the program and try to do my part to help win a championship," Jones said.

"We want to be one of the best. We want to be the first class to bring an SEC Championship to South Carolina."

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