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Gamecocks bolster their offensive line

6/10/2012

Offensive lineman J.P. Vonashek (Kingsland, Ga./Camden Co.) almost committed to Georgia back in April, but after holding off on his decision, several other programs came calling with scholarships. On Saturday he decided to accept one of those offers.

“I committed to the University of South Carolina,” Vonashek said Saturday afternoon after talking with his parents.

“The number one thing that made me commit was the coaching staff. But it is also close to home, the playing time situation is good, and it just felt like the best place for me.”

Vonashek took a visit to Columbia Saturday and after getting home, he decided to make the call.

“Coach [Shawn] Elliott was eating dinner with his family but he went outside to take my call,” Vonashek said. “When I told him I wanted to commit he said I had made his day. I am going to try to get up here and get my nose in a playbook and try to put on a little bit of weight that I need to play in the SEC. It is a powerhouse conference and I feel like I am fully ready to go.”

Vonashek is commit No. 16 for South Carolina's 2013 class, commit No. 5 from Georgia and is the third offensive line commitment. Vonashek feels this class is only going to get better over the next six months.

“I think the group we have is special, but come signing day the Gamecock Nation is going to be really excited about the future of their program,” Vonashek said.

Vonashek is a big get himself in more ways than one.

“I am 6-6 or 6-7 and I weighed in this spring at 277 pounds,” Vonashek said. “My older brother Thomas is about 6-9 and weighs 315-320 pounds. He always tells me I am going to be bigger than him.”