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Offensive Lineman Commits To USC

USC picked up its fourth commitment for the 2009 class Saturday in OL Nick Allison (6-4 285) of Asheville, NC.

Allison, an all conference performer as a junior, was offered a couple of weeks ago after recruiter Ray Rychleski visited his school.

"My coach had sent them film and they really liked it," Allison said. "They came to my school to see my lift and to see my work ethic. That's when they offered. I went down there Friday to talk to the coaches and see the campus. I talked to coach Spurrier for about twenty minutes. He was telling me about the program and his past coaching. That gave me a feeling that he was a great coach. I really feel comfortable with South Carolina. They have a great program and I know that's where I want to play."

Allison said he also has an offer from Western Carolina and has drawn interest from North Carolina, NC State, Wake Forest and Marshall. Allison's father played Division Two hockey in college and some of that athleticism and temperament was passed on to him.

"I come off the ball really well," he said. "I'm good at playing aggressively and with intensity. I can overpower people in my league but I know I'm going to have to work on my form and my speed."

Allison plays right tackle but can also play guard. He's just 16 years old and expects to get taller and heavier before arriving at USC.