South Carolina has done well with a walk-on kicker from Rock Hill. Another could be on the way.
Senior Spencer Lanning has been solid as both USC’s kicker and punter this fall. The former walk-on from York High is fourth in the SEC in field goals (15-for-20) and fifth in punting (43.8 per kick).
Those attending Saturday’s high school state championship games at Williams-Brice Stadium could get a look at another potential walk-on specialist. South Pointe kicker/punter Landon Ard has considered walking on at USC.
“I’ve been going down to Carolina, Clemson a little, Kentucky and Wake Forest,” said Ard, who does not have any scholarship offers. “I’ve visited South Carolina throughout the season.
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“I talked to Spencer Lanning the last time I was at South Carolina. He’s a great guy. I talked to him about how he got there, how he walked on and how he got his (scholarship). That’s definitely in the back of my mind.”
Ard is 7-for-13 on field goals with a long of 48, has converted 59-of-63 extra points, has 61 touchbacks on 83 kickoffs (73 percent) and is averaging 43.1 yards (long of 65) on 43 punts, downing 12 inside the 20-yard line.
USC football commitment Kyle Harris has been added to the roster of the 2011 Offense-Defense All-American Bowl in Myrtle Beach on Jan. 1. Harris, a 6-foot-4, 270-pound offensive guard, from Pepperell (Ga.) High, committed to the Gamecocks in November.
He became the second future USC player to commit to the game, joining Lake City tailback Shon Carson.