Last updated: July 31. 2014 1:55AM - 806 Views
By - keckleberry@civitasmedia.com



LaGrange High's Mon Denson, right, stands with coach Demetrius Goode during practice on Wednesday. Denson has verbally committed to the University of South Carolina.Kevin Eckleberry | Daily News
LaGrange High's Mon Denson, right, stands with coach Demetrius Goode during practice on Wednesday. Denson has verbally committed to the University of South Carolina.Kevin Eckleberry | Daily News
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He’s ready to be a Gamecock.


LaGrange High running back Mon Denson went to South Carolina for an official visit last weekend, and before he left, he received a scholarship offer.


After returning home and giving it some thought, Denson decided that he was ready to make a verbal commitment to the Gamecocks, and he did so on Tuesday.


Denson was invited to participate in a showcase for high-school players at South Carolina, and once that happened he was confident an offer would come.


“I was feeling good that I was going to eventually get the offer,” Denson said at the close of practice on Wednesday. “I went up there and worked out. At the end, we broke it down, we went inside for dinner. I ate with (running backs coach Everette Sands). He gave me a tour around the academic building. At the end, he offered me. I was like, I’ll be back.”


After that, Denson said he “went home and talked it over with my parents.”


LaGrange head coach Dialleo Burks said there wasn’t much chance Denson was going to leave South Carolina without an offer.


“Coach Joe Robinson called me before he went, just wanted to make sure he was coming,” Burks said. “He flat out told me, the running back coach loves him, coach (Steve) Spurrier loves him. Pretty much all he has to is come up here and run around a little bit, and we’re going to offer him. I knew he was looking for that major SEC break, and he got it.”


With the college decision made, Denson is focused on making the most of his senior season.


Denson will be the featured back in the LaGrange offense, and he’s ready for that role.


“They’re getting me in shape for that now,” Denson said. “Every time I get the ball, I just try to (score).”


Burks added that “we have his main focus now. We feel like the whole weight is off his back now. He is looking very nice right now.”


The Grangers went 3-7 last season, and Denson is ready to help the team turn things around in a big way.


“Now I can just focus on the team,” Denson said. “Hopefully we can go win a state championship.”


Denson said he appreciates that Burks and the other coaches are working to get the best out of him.


“We have people to push you,” Denson said. “They want you to go as hard as you can.”


Reach Kevin Eckleberry at (706) 884-7311 (ext. 232) or on Twitter @lagrangesports


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