With all high school prospects there is a certain concern that they’ll fail to adapt to the higher level of talent in college.
However, South Carolina fans shouldn’t have that worry with recent commitment Kyle Fleetwood. The two-way standout plays at Stephenson High School, located in the Atlanta suburbs.
The Class 5A school is arguably loaded with more talent than any school in the nation. Fleetwood was the ninth Jaguar in the Class of 2012 to commit to either an SEC or ACC school – defensive tackle Carlos Hood has already committed to USC – and Stephenson may have 15 or more FBS signees next year.
Fleetwood transferred to Stephenson this past winter after playing 2010 at Parkview High School in Lilburn, Ga. The 6-foot, 190-pounder became the sixth USC commitment in the rising senior class after choosing the Gamecocks over LSU and Vanderbilt Sunday. Fleetwood visited USC last weekend.
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He joined GoGamecocks for a Q&A:
Question: What did you like most about USC?
Answer: I picked South Carolina because I thought it was a good fit for me. It has great academics, and it’s a great city of Columbia. South Carolina is also a team on the rise. Overall the shoe fit me well, so I felt like that’s where I needed to be.
Q: With some of the success USC has had of late, how excited are you about the future?
A: I’m really excited about the future. I feel like we have a lot going for us right now. The train is moving in the right direction. Coach [Steve] Spurrier is molding players into good players. I feel like he’s also making his players better people as well. I definitely feel like we should at the top of the division each and every year. Moving forward, I think there is a lot of success that will be happening for South Carolina football.
Q: What roles do you play on the field?
A: I play safety, and I can play corner as well. I’m being recruited as a safety, but I may end up playing some corner as well. I can also play receiver. I’m not sure that’s what they’ll have me playing, but who knows? Whatever it takes to win. They like me most as a safety. They think I can play multiple positions on the defensive side of the ball. My future is bright, especially with the chance to play early and get on the field.
Q: What are your strengths as a defensive back?
A: My strength is my aggressiveness. I’m aggressive. I want to get after it each and every down. That’s how I believe football should be played. It should be played with a lot of heart and emotion. That’s what I bring to the table each and every play. I also have good leadership skills as well and know what it takes to win. That’s what is most important.
Q: What has it been like to be around so much talent at Stephenson?
A: I think it’s great. Each and every day at practice is competitive. We all want to get after it. By surrounding ourselves with so much talent on the field, we’re able to compete each and every day. I think it makes us all better players at the end of the day. It teaches the young kids how the game is supposed to be played and helps mold them into more great Jaguars on the way.
Q: How nice will it be to play collegiately with Carlos Hood, one of your Stephenson teammates?
A: I think it’s awesome to go up to South Carolina with a teammate. I think it’s great that we’ll be able to play together on the same field again on the big stage.