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Bryce King ready to start new chapter in Columbia

Bryce King
Bryce King

Bryce King is ready for a change of scenery, but he is not going to a place that's unfamiliar to him.

King in July will pack up his life in Dillon and make the move 110 miles west to Columbia and college at South Carolina.

"I'm kind of ready to get out of Dillon and go other places," King said.

King is one of five offensive linemen who signed with the Gamecocks in February. He played played tackle, center, guard and long snapper at Dillon High and expects he will start off at center at USC.

He grew up a South Carolina fan and has been to home games since he was 9 or 10 years old. He was familiar with Williams-Brice Stadium long before he was visiting there as a prospect.

He also has played in state championship games in Columbia his ninth-, 10th- and 12th-grade years.

King estimates he's been to Columbia at least 75 times in his life.

Two Dillon teammates will welcome King the next time he arrives in the capital city - true freshman lineman D.J. Park and redshirt freshman receiver Kwinton Smith.

"They told me don't miss class and don't miss workouts," said King, who also had this advice from Park: "He told me it's a lot of work and you have to be fully dedicated to it."

A consensus three-star prospect, King also had offers from Clemson, LSU, North Carolina, North Carolina State, Tennessee and Virginia Tech. He played in the Shrine Bowl and Semper Fidelis All-American Bowl.

King had fun with the recruiting process, mixing up his shirt choices often - even wearing Clemson gear - to keep people guessing.

"I would wear other teams just to play around with them," he recalled. "I had a good time with the recruiting. I didn't want to give any hints to where I might be deciding to go. When I made my commitment it surprised a lot of people. It's been all Carolina since."

He spent his final months in Dillon working out, helping the Wildcats football team, spending time with his girlfriend and trying to be a normal high school student.

"I was getting my priorities straight and getting ready to leave," he said.

At this stage he's not thinking about or worried about redshirting.

"I'm just going to come in and do what they need me to do and hope for the best," he said. "It felt like home to me. I grew up a Gamecock fan as a little kid. It’s always been a dream of mine to play for them and to become a part of that family. I just felt like it was the right place for me to be."