Inside linebacker Grayson Howard has been a regular on campus since he began visiting South Carolina in the summer of 2021 and from that moment until he committed to join head coach Shane Beamer and the Gamecocks’ football program in June. became.
Many see him as one of the most complete linebacker prospects in the 2023 hiring cycle due to his channeled aggression, size and ability to cover space on the field. .
Another trait that describes Howard on and off the field is loyal, according to what the head coach said at a press conference Wednesday afternoon, which he made abundantly clear to Shane Beamer in a recent text message.
“Last week I told you about a text message I received from Recruit saying, ‘This program wants someone to die for this university.’ It was a pup.”
Some might say this statement is a bit extreme, but what it conveys in a general sense is that Howard believes players and coaches must make sacrifices for the program. It means that there is This probably comes from his father’s military career. .
Beamer, representing the football program, has been and will continue to be a great ambassador.
“His ability as a player speaks for itself, but as you get to know him, you will love him. He has done a great job of recruiting other players… [and] He will make our program better from day one. ”
Defensive coordinator Clayton White said it clicked the first time they met. Howard will have to keep up with the playbook through bowl practice, but he and the rest of the defensive coaching staff will be looking to improve his game over the next few weeks. It will allow you to measure your physical and athletic characteristics more accurately.
Special Teams coordinator Pete Lembo was not bone-headed about what he thought of Howard at the press conference, saying Howard has matured beyond his age in many ways and has the kind of talent the program needs. I explained that I was a player.
“He’s a man now…we’re trying to recruit personality and character and someone who’s fun to be with. I actually said to Pup this morning, ‘By the end of spring practice, you’ll be will teach me.”
Based on this early feedback, the Gamecocks front 7 will be in good shape for years to come with Howard roaming the middle.
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