Q&A with USC commitment Kight Dallas

dmclemore@thestate.comApril 19, 2012 

Atlanta-area linebacker Kight Dallas has had a busy few weeks.

Dallas (6-2, 221) won linebacker MVP honors at the Rivals/VTO camp in late March, committed to South Carolina on April 5 and will take part this weekend at the Nike Football Training Camp being held north of Atlanta.

Rivals said this about Dallas’ effort at the VTO camp: “He is physically impressive, standing more than 6-foot tall and carrying 200-plus pounds. He was quick when moving towards the line of scrimmage but also changed the athleticism and agility necessary to make plays against running backs and tight ends down the field.”

Dallas plays linebacker, defensive end and running back for Arabia Mountain High in Lithonia, Ga. The school is a few miles from Lithonia High, which produced current Gamecock linebacker Cedrick Cooper and offensive line signee Joe Harris.

Dallas said he might take some more visits but his commitment to South Carolina is solid. He picked the Gamecocks over offers from Auburn, Wake Forest, North Carolina and N.C. State.

He was flying a bit under the radar before the recent camp MVP honor. Dallas is rated a two-star prospect by 247Sports and is not rated yet by Rivals and Scout.

He could play linebacker or spur for USC.

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Why South Carolina?

I love the small city atmosphere in Columbia. It’s like a little Atlanta to me. That’s what it feels like. It’s SEC ball. I like the coaching staff. It feels like home at South Carolina. And I know South Carolina loves to treat their Georgia boys right.

What did you like about the facilities, the campus, etc.?

I love the facilities. I love the big campus. The coaches showed me the different meeting rooms, the players lounge and the locker room. It was all real nice.

Talk about the role that USC’s future depth at linebacker played.

They have five senior linebackers including the spur. I feel like if I go in and compete, I might get a chance to play early. I’m trying to graduate in December so I can get on campus so I could avoid redshirting.

What do you think about your recruiting, coach Lorenzo Ward?

He’s a nice guy. I love the defense they run. He’s shown me that he really wants me at South Carolina.

What makes you a good linebacker?

I play hard every play. I do my job and trust my teammates to do theirs. I’m big strong fast and powerful, and I just love the game of football. I love to hit. I feel that’s what you’ve got to do the most at linebacker. You can’t play linebacker scared. I love playing against the top players. When I see a top player, I love to go as hard as I can to get to him.

What kind of running back are you?

I’m a downhill, powerful runner. One cut and go.

Could you play the spur position for the Gamecocks?

Yeah, I think I can play spur. I’m big and fast. I’m an athlete. I can run. I’m good in the pass game. I could see myself playing spur. Anywhere coaches want me to play, I’m going to play.

What do you need to work on your senior season?

I’m pretty decent at everything, but I would say my pass defense I need to work on a little bit.

You were the linebacker MVP recently at the Rivals/VTO camp in Atlanta. Talk about that honor.

It means a lot. VTO Rivals is where the top players for your state go and compete. It made me realize that I’m one of those elite players in my state and in the South.

Why commit now?

I was really trying to get the recruiting process out of the way. I had most of my offers, but South Carolina felt like the best fit for me so I committed. I want to focus on my senior year so I won’t have the stress of recruiting.

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