Q&A with USC commitment Bryce King

dmclemore@thestate.comApril 18, 2012 

Bryce King

TRACY GLANTZ — tglantz@thestate.com

Offensive lineman Bryce King continued the Dillon pipeline to Columbia when he committed to the Gamecocks while visiting Saturday for the spring game.

King (6-5, 290) joins his teammate and fellow lineman D.J. Park as Gamecock commitments for the class of 2013. Wide receiver Kwinton Smith signed with USC in the 2012 class.

Park and King are the fourth- and fifth-best instate prospects in the Class of 2013, respectively, according to 247Sports.

King had made several visits to the campus and grew up a Gamecock fan. He’s been going to USC games since he was 9 or 10 years old.

He committed to the Gamecocks over offers from Clemson, LSU, Tennessee, North Carolina, N.C. State and Virginia Tech.

King is a four-star talent, according to 247Sports, which ranks him the third-best center prospect in the country. Rivals and Scout have King at three stars.

He plays every position on the line for Dillon, but primarily right tackle.

Why South Carolina?

It felt like home to me. I grew up a Gamecock fan as a little kid. It’s always been a dream of mine to play for them and to become a part of that family. I just felt like it was the right place for me to be.

What in particular did you like about South Carolina?

I liked it all. The coaches do a good job. South Carolina has one of the best group of coaches in college football. The coaches were a big of part of my decision to go there.

How is Shawn Elliott as a recruiter and how do you think he’ll be as a coach?

He’s been a good recruiter. He knows what he’s doing. He’s a great coach. He helps you on the field. He said some days you’re not going to like him and some days you will. He’s just trying to make you better. He’s going to make you a better person also.

What makes you a good lineman?

Run blocking. I’m pretty good at pass blocking too. I just like to hit people.

What you like about USC’s offense?

Their offense is real similar to ours. It’s going to be easier for me to adapt to that when I get there. They run the spread like we do, so I think I’ll be able to handle that when I get there.

Did D.J. Park committing have any influence on your decision?

No, that didn’t have any influence. None of them knew I was going to commit. It just happened. They all thought I was going to go to Clemson. They were fooled when I said I wanted to be a Gamecock.

Will it be nice to have two former teammates at USC with you?

Yeah, it’s going to be nice because I love playing with those boys now and I’m glad I’m going to get the chance to play with them more in the future.

What do you need to improve on during your senior year?

I just want to improve on getting faster and work both my hands and get my hands faster too.

Why make the decision now?

I was just sitting at the spring game and I felt like it was time. I felt like I was in the right place, where I needed to be.

Describe the recruiting process and how it went for you.

It’s a long process. It can be rough and stressful. But it’s fun. I had a lot of fun with it. Me and D.J. and Kwinton could be in the weightroom lifting weights. They’d have their South Carolina stuff on. I would wear something Clemson just to play with them. We’d go back and forth with Carolina and Clemson, just joking around with it.

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