OL Blake Camper of Virginia Beach, VA, who committed to USC Monday after decommitting from Rutgers, probably heard a lot of Steve Spurrier stories growing up. That’s because his father played offensive guard for Spurrier’s Duke teams. So, when USC offensive line coach Shawn Elliott started calling recently about Camper, he was quick to let him know he would be interested in taking a look. Camper made an official visit to USC last weekend and that was all he needed to see.
“I really loved it down there,” Camper said. “It’s really cool what’s going on down there. The new facilities and everything that’s going on, you can see it’s on the rise. It has been for awhile. And playing for coach Spurrier, I just couldn’t say no.”
The Spurrier influence over camper was no the presiding factor in his decision, but he admits it played a role.
“I think it was just too cool,” he said. “He’s definitely a great man, very godly. I just like him a lot. I liked all the coaches down there and I just felt like that’s where I wanted to be. I think it will be pretty cool to play for the Ole Ball Coach.”
Camper is 6-7, 280 and is penciled in as a tackle. He thinks he has the skills to eventually earn a spot on the line, skills he had to develop as a smallish 230 pound lineman two years ago.
“I feel like I have pretty good technique and I have good strength now,” Camper said. “My junior year I was 230 pounds and basically all I had to depend on was my technique because I couldn’t out strength anybody. I’ve got power now and pretty quick feet I feel.”
With Camper’s commitment, the Gamecocks now have three offensive linemen committed for the 2015 class. They would like to add at least one more to the group.