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Bostwick checks out the Gamecocks

Port St. Lucie (Fla.) St. Lucie West Centennial four-star defensive tackle Jaynard Bostwick made the journey to South Carolina to watch the Gamecocks annual spring game this weekend. He was able to spend some time around the campus prior to enjoying the game.
"It was real good," Bostwick said. "I got to see the weight room and the locker room. I got to see the academic rooms that the athletes go to. I got to see a lot of stuff while I was there.
"Everything was real nice," Bostwick added. "The school is set up good. The town is also a nice one because we stayed up there and it was a real nice place to be. It is quiet."
On Saturday, it was time for the annual Garnet and Black game at Williams-Brice Stadium. The fan support, more than 34,000 rabid Gamecock fans, is what stood out the most to Bostwick about the event.
"I was surprised how many people showed up to the game," Bostwick said. "They have really great fan support."
When they got down to business on the field, the Rivals100 prospect was paying close attention to Steve Spurrier's 2012 squad.
"I think they have a real good team put together," Bostwick said. "I saw some of the seniors that will be leaving, but they will still have a real good team. The defensive line was pretty good. They also have a real good passing game."
The visit also afforded Bostwick the opportunity to speak with some of the assistant coaches at South Carolina.
"I talked to Coach (Grady) Brown and the defensive line coach (Brad Lawing)," Bostwick said. "They just told me that they watched my tape and that I would fit into the type of defense they are doing. They were also telling me about how if I had any academic problems that they had a plan for me. They just talked about how they would help me."
During his conversations with the South Carolina staff, the 6-foot-4, 291-pound defensive lineman said they spoke to him about being used as both a defensive end and defensive tackle. After paying attention to the defensive line in Saturday's game, Bostwick feels he can play that role if he were to end up in Columbia.
"I didn't really watch a set person, I just watched the defensive line in general," Bostwick said. "I think I would fit into that defensive line. All of them play really physical and that is how I like to play."
Entering the visit, Bostwick said that Miami and Oregon both stood out for his services. After spending more than 24 hours around the SEC program, the Gamecocks weren't able to break into that top two.
"South Carolina was real nice, but I wouldn't say they are in the top two now," Bostwick said. "I am more interested in the school now though."
Bostwick indicated that he hopes to return to Columbia in the coming months for a camp. He also plans to visit Miami in the coming weeks.
He now claims a total of ten offers, with his most recent ones coming from Louisville and South Carolina. He previously reported offers from Cincinnati, Florida, Florida International, Florida State, Georgia, Miami, Notre Dame, and Tennessee. With regards to a decision timeline, Bostwick has said he is likely to use all five official visits and make his decision after his senior season.
As a junior, Bostwick recorded 75 tackles including 11 tackles for loss and two sacks.
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