Peach State twins check out USC

Two of the Peach State's finest football players for the class of 2011 were on campus for South Carolina's junior day last weekend. While they currently don't hold any offers, twin brothers Tyler and Tanner Botts are enjoying the early stages of the recruiting process and are working hard to achieve their dream of playing major college football.

Both players call Peachtree Ridge their stomping grounds and have one more thing in common, their appearances.

Tyler and Tanner, identical twins, are hearing from several top programs ranging from schools in the ACC to the SEC. Both were able to visit the South Carolina campus for the second time last weekend, and they raved about their experience in this exclusive interview.

"We liked it a lot. The facilities and atmosphere there are really good," replied the Botts about their most recent visit to the University of South Carolina.

The Botts, who are being recruited to USC by Coach Shane Beamer, are both being pursued by colleges on the defensive side of the ball. Tyler is a 6-2, 225 pound defensive end/outside linebacker, and Tanner is a 6-2, 230 pound inside linebacker. Both are also capable of long-snapping.

The brothers, who are rated three-star prospects on, are hearing from the same schools, including USC, Alabama, Georgia, Georgia Tech and Ohio State to name a few.

While they are still awaiting that first offer, the brothers made it clear that they have high interest in South Carolina and that Beamer has done a wonderful job recruiting them.

Tyler and Tanner believe it's only a matter of time until the offers start coming in, and recruiting analyst Chad Simmons agrees.

"Tanner is a junior linebacker that you will hear a lot about (in the 2011 cycle). He is a hard-nosed football player that works as hard as anyone out there... He is hearing from many ACC, Big East, and SEC programs and offers will likely come in this fall." said Simmons. "Tyler is a definite Divison I prospect, and he trains as hard as anyone. He is getting a good bit of interest in recruiting already and he will pull in some offers this fall."

In addition to USC, the brothers have visited Vanderbilt, Georgia, Georgia Tech, Virginia Tech, and Clemson to date. They also plan on checking out Ohio State and Alabama soon.

It may officially be the offseason, but these two young men are destined to excel at the next level and are proving it by the way they are training. Known for being workout warriors at their school, the brothers are putting up strong numbers in the weight room and are working hard to gear up for this fall and beyond.

"I bench 345, squat 525 and clean 335," said Tyler. Tanner then added, "We've been lifting weights with (renowned trainer) Ryan Goldin. I bench 335, squat 585 and clean 335.

"We both believe that we have what it takes to play in any big conference, and we will work hard no matter where we go. Both of us want to play early and will work harder just because of that."

The brothers have been competing alongside each other since day one, so how big of a priority will it be for them to play together in college?

"It is a fairly high priority but the decision will be made based on what is best for us individually," they said. "(Other factors are) a school with a good football tradition, atmosphere and academics."

According to Tyler and Tanner, they are each other's best motivation as they always challenge each other on and off the field.

"We always grew up playing sports together, and it has always helped us have someone with about equal talent and ability to compete with. It made both of us have to work harder to try and be even better than the other one. Competing with each other makes practice more fun but also more productive than most people's practices. We see who can get the harder hit or the most tackles day by day. We serve as each other's motivation and it will always be that way."

The Gamecocks have had success in recent years featuring twin brothers Jordin and Dustin Lindsey and Jasper and Casper Brinkley. Could the Botts be the next pair of twins to suit up in the garnet and black? They'll certainly be two prospects worth watching as the 2011 recruiting cycle moves forward.

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