In the middle of a stretch run that’s seen South Carolina jump back into the SEC East race and gain steam as it heads toward a big finale with Clemson, the father of Kelcy Quarles has thrown a little cold water on the USC party. Buddy Quarles said his defensive tackle son is likely to leave Columbia early and turn pro at year’s end:
“I think (the coaches) all came to that conclusion. They had a good assumption that he’s going to be leaving.”
The assumption part? Steve Spurrier — figuring that Quarles would leave — invited the junior to take part in the team’s Senior Day activities prior to the aforementioned Clemson game.
Quarles has taken advantage of the double-teams to Jadeveon Clowney. He leads South Carolina is sacks (seven) and in tackles-for-loss (11). He was the SEC’s Defensive Lineman of the Week following the Cocks’ upset win at Missouri last month when he recorded six tackles (five solo).
Quarles father said of his son’s NFL draft chances: “I’m thinking in the first three (rounds), but I don’t know right now.”