Ready to get Better

Lincoln HS (Tallahassee, Fla.) OT Cody Gibson is one of six offensive linemen who signed with South Carolina in the class of 2010 that originally committed to former o-line coach Eric Wolford. Gibson enrolled at Carolina last week. Before he enrolled he spoke with about what he believes life under o-line coach Shawn Elliot would be like.

When Cody Gibson steps out onto the Proving Grounds in a few weeks, things won't exactly be the same as he imagined when he first committed to South Carolina. The 6-6, 265-pound offensive tackle committed in July 2009 to then-offensive line coach Eric Wolford. When Gibson suits up for the first time he will be playing for Shawn Elliott.

"I felt comfortable with Coach (Jay) Graham and he stuck with me through all that." Gibson said of the transition. "And after he (Wolford) left I had faith that Coach Spurrier would find a good coach."

Spurrier did just that when he hired former Appalachian State offensive line coach Shawn Elliott on January 3, 2010. Gibson liked the hire and decided to stick with his commitment to play for the Gamecocks.

"I felt real comfortable with him when he came in for an in-house visit." Gibson said Elliott's first visit. "I can relate to him pretty easily. He's relatively young so I can talk to him about problems, not just in football. He comes from Appalachian State and they beat Michigan so he brings that with him."

Gibson also knows that the offensive line has been the Achilles' Heel of the Gamecock program under Spurrier. Gibson just wants to bring in a positive frame of mind.

"I just want to come in and have a good, positive attitude." Gibson said. "I want to come in wanting to get better and improve my technique. I bring in good skills, but I just want to make them better."

Gibson, who chose Carolina over teams such as ECU, Maryland, and Tennessee among others, wants the Gamecock football team to build on the new-found success brought in by the Gamecock baseball team.

"Oh yeah," Gibson said when asked if he watched Carolina win the first major National Championship in school history. "I think it's great and that it's going to be the first of many coming in and hopefully we can go out there and win an SEC Championship and see what happens from there."

"What happens from there" would be South Carolina's first appearance in a BCS Bowl and most likely be for another National Championship for the university. The bar has been set.

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