Will Register’s dream of playing football for South Carolina is about to become reality, and he couldn’t be more excited to make it happen.
In less than two weeks, Register, a 6-foot-4.5, 236-pound prospect from Chapin (S.C.) High School, will sign his national letter of intent with the Gamecocks.
A 3-star tight end, Register has been waiting for this day since the summer before his junior year, when he committed to former South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier.
Register remained firm with his pledge through the months that followed, which included Spurrier’s retirement, Shawn Elliott’s ascent to the interim spot and Will Muschamp’s arrival as head coach.
At South Carolina, he’ll join a tight end group that returns several veterans in 2017, including Hayden Hurst, K.C. Crosby and Jacob August, all three of whom saw significant playing time last season.
Last weekend, Register took his official visit to South Carolina. Here’s what he had to say.
How was it?
“The official visit was awesome. I had a great time. Jacob August was my host, so I hung around with him most of the time.”
What were some of the best parts?
“I thought it was great, to be able to hang around the players as much as we did. They had a group of, I’d say about 10 of them: Bryson Allen-Williams, K.C. Crosby, Zack Bailey, a few others as well. But mainly, they just talked to us and told us their mindset on the season. They want to work hard. They want players to come in and help them win championships, so it was good to hear that from players on the team, that they’re very accepting of the new recruits coming in for this season.”
After seeing what assistant coach Kurt Roper did with the tight ends, what did you think of all that?
“It just adds to the excitement, watching how well the tight ends performed on the field and how utilized they are in the offense that coach Roper runs. I can’t wait to be a part of that.”
Have they talked about what they’re expecting out of you this season or is that still a little bit ways away?
“It’s a little bit ways a way. We’ll just see how things go.”
For you, as you get closer to signing day, what’s it like knowing that you’ve got it just a couple of weeks away?
“I cannot express to you how excited I’ll be and how excited my family will be when we sign that dotted line on that paper. It’s something that my family and I have been looking forward to for years, been dreaming about that.”
What kind of goals do you have in mind for yourself, for your career?
“Goals for my college career: Just go in, make an impact and bring South Carolina to the top of college football in any way that I can possibly contribute.”
What’s the targeted weight they have in mind for you?
“They want me coming into their program around 235 or 240, so I’m right in that range. Then, they’ll probably take a little bit of weight off, then put on muscle weight and probably play around 245, maybe 250.”
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