CHAPIN, SC (WIS) - Will Register is a talented tight end for Chapin High School. He's also a lifelong Gamecocks football fan.
In time he will trade in his seats in the stands of Williams-Brice on game day for a spot on the field to play under the Head Ball Coach.
"When I heard the Gamecocks gave me an offer to play I was ecstatic," said Register. "I couldn't pass it up."
Last month Register's dream came true. USC offered Chapin's junior tight end a scholarship to play football. It happened right after a Gamecocks Football Camp. The first thing Register did after finding out was call his folks.
"Got to the car, called them up," Register said with a big smile. "They know how much I wanted that offer they were really happy for me."
He committed to Carolina the very next day.
"With Will you're getting a guy that's already wired for greatness," said Chapin head coach Justin Gentry. "Work ethic in the classroom. Work ethic in the weight room. He's wired differently than most young men."
And Carolina noticed that early on in the recruiting process. Heading into Register's freshman year at Chapin, USC's Quarterbacks coach G.A. Mangus told him he had potential to be a Gamecock.
"Kind of opened my mind I might have a chance," Register said.
The 6'4, 240 pound tight end has more than a chance. He's going to USC.
With the decision behind him, he can focus on leading the Eagles in the weight room and on the field.
"Hopefully just try to increase morale here around Chapin," Register said. "Just keep everyone fired up, and hope for a good season this year."
A key to Chapin's success on offense will be to feature Register. Something they didn't quite do last season. After all, Register only caught two touchdown passes in 2014.
"Hey we designed a whole new offense for him this year," Gentry said. "Last year we used him more as a true Tight End. This year no one is going to know where he lines up."
Register though cares more about wins than touchdown passes.
"Not really looking for touchdowns this year," he said. "I just want to do what's needed for the game. Do what's needed to win the game."