September 1, 2013

Blanton talks commitment

Coach Frank Martin and his staff hosted senior shooting guard TeMarcus Blanton of Luella High School (Locust Grove, G.A.) on an official visit this weekend.

Blanton committed to the Gamecocks prior to leaving campus Saturday and went public with his decision today.

"We were all sitting at the dinner table and I told them I wanted to commit," Blanton stated. "Their faces all brightened up; my parents, the coaches, and everybody was filled with joy."

Blanton was able to check out the South Carolina program in detail the past few days. Several aspects of the university left a lasting impression.

"Really on the visit, I was paying a lot of attention to the players I would be with for the next few years and to the support system them have," he said. "I think the opportunity is there to go in and be a great player. Coach Martin is going to push me to the best of my ability."

Blanton, a six-foot-five versatile athlete, arrived Thursday for his official visit in time to check out the Gamecock football game against North Carolina.

"It was crazy," he exclaimed. "That's one of the best places for a game. The fans were going crazy."

While on the trip, Blanton also had a chance to build on his relationship with the USC coaching staff.

"I interacted with Coach (Lamont) Evans and Coach Martin the most," he said. "Coach Evans took me on a tour and showed me around. Coach Martin and I met up a lot during the visit. He was talking mainly about the program and saying how he's focused on the future and the positives with the program. He said that when they were recruiting me, they weren't looking at any other wings. That shows their loyalty."

Blanton believes the future of the South Carolina basketball program is on the rise and discussed what talents he can bring to help the team.

"I think the players that they have in there now all work hard and I think we're going to be real good as time progresses," he stated. "I can bring a slashing mentality. I shoot the mid-range and I'm also a big defensive guy. I will bring diversity and I have a huge motor."

The Georgia guard was scheduled to visit George Mason and Auburn this month but that is no longer the plan.

"I'm done with everything," he said. "I'm committed. My recruitment is over. It was a stressful process but I'm glad that it's over. I'm excited to be with Gamecock Nation now."

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