LAKELAND, Fla.- Altamonte Springs (Fla.) Lake Brantley standout Patrick Dimarco is excited about the opportunity in front of him at South Carolina.
The 6-foot-2, 235-pounder spoke with Rivals.com following practice for the Florida Athletic Coaches Association North-South All-Star Game on Wednesday about his commitment to the Gamecocks and head coach Steve Spurrier, along with his showing at North-South practices to date.
Dimarco, who is a member of the North squad, is playing tight end this week, but he won't be a full-time player at that position in Columbia.
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"Coach Spurrier when they offered me said they wanted me to play H-Back," Dimarco said. "Then when I went up there on my official visit this past weekend, I talked to the tight ends coach Fred Chatham and he said that they were going to move me around and that I would go from fullback to tight end back to fullback.
"It's pretty exciting."
According to Dimarco, the Gamecock coaching staff was impressed with his ability to catch the ball. That was evident during Wednesday's practice session as he made several tough catches.
"They have a couple of big blocking tight ends up there that don't have the hands or the speed," Dimarco said. "I'm just what they are looking for. I always used my hands in basketball, baseball, football. When I played tight end a little bit, it was more just a pass-catching thing."
Dimarco commented on playing in a pass-happy offense like Spurrier runs.
"It's going to be fun throwing the ball around all the time," he said. "There will be a lot of pass patterns for me to get open in. It should be fun."
Dimarco commented on participating for the North squad in the North-South game, which kicks off at 6 p.m. Friday at Bryant Stadium in Lakeland.
"The first two days we had two-a-days, it's pretty rough," he said. "We were out there banging around both days.
"I'm just playing tight end in this game. I may play a little defense because we only have two defensive ends and I played that in high school."