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Former Fort Scott JC DT Byron Jerideau picked up his South Carolina offer late in the cycle for the class of 2010, but is expected to contribute early at South Carolina. Jerideau spoke with GamecockAnthem.com before he enrolled at South Carolina. Look inside for this premium update.

When Fort Scott JC DT Byron Jerideau was deciding where he was going to play his college football, there was only one scenario that was going to keep him from becoming an Eastern Michigan Eagle: an offer from Baylor University.

That all changed with one phone call on February 1st, 2010. Jerideau got a call from South Carolina recruiting coordinator Shane Beamer with an offer to come play for the Gamecocks. The 6-1, 320-pound lineman committed later that day.

"After spending two years in Junior College, it was a dream to come back home," Jerideau said of his decision to join the Gamecocks.

Because Jerideau was a redshirt at Fort Scott in 2008, he will be eligible to play up to three years at Carolina. In his only season with the Greyhounds, the Walterboro native had 71 tackles, 15.5 tackles for loss and 3.5 sacks as part of a three man rotation.

While he knows it won't be easy, Jerideau is looking forward to coming in and competing for playing time right away.

"Opportunities," Jerideau said of playing for one of the game's best coordinators in Ellis Johnson. "Opportunities to get better and be coached by one of the best."

Since signing with the Gamecocks, Jerideau has been focused on one thing: hitting the gym so that he will join the Gamecocks in the best possible physical condition.

"They gave me a workout book that they sent to me in the mail and on my visit and I was going by that to do everything right so when I get there I'm ready to go." Jerideau said. "Everything's going good."

Jerideau also couldn't help to be caught up in the magic of the baseball team's National Championship run.

"I did," he said when asked if he watched the 2-1 victory over the UCLA Bruins. "I was pretty excited. I think that it's good for the athletic program and now all the football team has to do is go out and make the same thing happen."

Jerideau hopes to be a big part of doing just that.

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