King talks Gamecocks, senior season

King talks Gamecocks, senior season

Bryce King (Dillon, S.C.) is chasing after his second state title with the Dillon High Wildcats. The Gamecock offensive line commitment talks about his senior year and his future at South Carolina.

King is having a great senior year. Not only is the 6-4, 288 pound center the leader of a dominating offensive line, he is also the Class 2A Lower State Lineman of the Year.

"It was a big honor, but I know I have to keep working. I have to prove that I deserve to have the title," said King.

King said he can really see a difference in his speed and strength this season and attributes his hard work in the off-season to his growth. He will be putting his strengths to the test on Friday when the Wildcats face Timberland in the Class 2A Lower State Championship.

"We aren't stopping until we get the title," he said.

While King has been focused on his senior season, he has spent many of his weekends focused on the Gamecocks.

"I've gone to every home game except for Tennessee. My favorite game was Arkansas," he said.

King said he was most impressed with the crowd support.

"Everybody was hyped up and ready for the game start. The crowd stayed in the game, even though South Carolina was pulling away, the crowd stayed with it," he said.

King picked South Carolina over offers from Clemson, LSU, UNC, NC State, Tennessee and Virginia Tech. He said South Carolina felt like home and isn't entertaining any other offers.

"I am solid to the Gamecocks. I'm not talking to anyone else," he said.

King said he has a good relationship with Shawn Elliot and speaks to him every week.

"We find all kinds of things to talk about. We've gotten closer since I committed," he said.

He said Elliot has not spoken to him about redshirting, but added that he'd be open to the idea.

"If he thinks it is best, I'll do it," he said.

The move may be considered with the current depth at center. Redshirt freshman Kyle Harris appears to be the next center for South Carolina, taking the place of four year starter T.J. Johnson. True freshman Clayton Stadnik took several snaps at center during the spring and will try to compete for the starting job. With both Harris and Stadnik, there is a possibility that King will be moved to guard.

King said he plans to graduate in the spring and join the Gamecocks in the fall.

"I am really looking forward to joining the team, I can't wait to get started," he said.

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