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Tampa QB excited about USC opportunity

Quarterback Andrew Clifford (6-3 210) of Tampa arrived for his official visit to USC Friday without a scholarship offer. He left Sunday with an offer and a new home as he committed to Steve Spurrier before leaving town.

"It just seemed like a perfect fit," Clifford said Sunday afternoon. "They treated us good. I pretty much fell in love with the place. Knowing I'm at a place I want to be for the next four of five years makes me pretty happy."

Clifford passed for 2,263 yards and 20 touchdowns and rushed for 10 touchdowns last season. He said Spurrier seemed to be impressed by what he saw of him.

"I don't want to quote coach Spurrier, but he liked everything about me," Clifford said. "I'm just excited and ready to play for him."

Clifford did not have any other major offers besides USC and said he knows people will question his ability because of that.

"People don't know my situation," he said. "I came from a school that was run-based my junior year and I didn't get all the stats and all the stars," he said. "I didn't get all that much attention because we ran the ball. That's different from the kids who throw the ball for 3,000 yards.

"But I went to the Elite 11 camp and beat out kids who were getting major offers," he said. "People can say what they want, but I know I'm going to work hard and do everything I can to help South Carolina win."

Clifford certainly has good football bloodlines. His father Tom played quarterback at Florida in the 1970s. His uncle Mark played football at Clemson and currently is the head coach at Beaufort High School.

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