In April at the Athens NIKE Camp and at the preceding Atlanta Elite 11 regional workout, Summerville (S.C.) quarterback Reid McCollum emerged as a legitimate Division I-A quarterback prospect.
The 6-foot-4, 205-pounder, who is the quarterback for Rivals100 wide receiver A.J. Green, stepped out of Green's large shadow and showed that he is a worthy prospect on his own.
McCollum showed excellent footwork and a quick release on his way to being named the quarterback Most Valuable Player at the Athens NIKE Camp.
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McCollum still is waiting on his first scholarship offer, but feels that many schools are close.
"We just got done with spring practice and a lot of schools came by and told me that they liked what they saw," he said. "Some said that an offer is likely on the way. I'd say that Duke, Virginia, South Carolina and North Carolina State (are close to offering). Those are the ones that said they were looking at offering me."
McCollum grew up a Gamecocks fan and has frequented games in Columbia his entire life.
"I've always been a big South Carolina fan," he said. "(Gamecocks head coach) Steve Spurrier came by the school last Friday and watched a little bit of practice. He told my coach that he liked what he saw. He was the only head coach that came by."
McCollum will attend South Carolina's one-day prospect camp June 9.
McCollum, who threw for nearly 3,000 yards and 25 touchdowns during his junior season, talked about playing with Green.
"He's really unbelievable," McCollum said. "He makes things look easy that aren't very easy."