DraftSeason: You have had a handful of accolades and great moments on the field during your time at South Carolina, what will go down as your greatest moment/accomplishment?
Kecly Quarles: I think by far the greatest moment for me as South Carolina is beating Clemson three years in a row. In the past, Carolina was known for having losing programs and also losing to Clemson. We came in to change the tradition around the program that why we have never lost to Clemson in the past five years.
DraftSeason: What are your plans in the coming months leading up to the NFL Draft?
Kecly Quarles: My plans are to go to train hard as I have ever trained in my life. Go down with an open mind- set and try to soak up all the knowledge I can possibly take in and bust my butt in whatever I do.
DraftSeason: You made it clear early in the year that you would most likely be entering the NFL Draft, was this an easy decision for you?
Kecly Quarles: No, it wasn’t easy at all. I love the University of South Carolina it is like a second home to me I will always be thankful for this school and all the coaches and what they have done for me.
DraftSeason: What is your greatest strength on the field as a defensive lineman?
Kecly Quarles: My strengths are my quickness of the ball and my motor. For a 330 lbs player I run pretty fast. I think I play the run just as well as I play the pass. I use my upper body strength and my leg drive to push lineman in the back field. I feel that I also could play defensive end also.
DraftSeason: With yourself and Clowney off to the NFL there will be some big holes to fill on the SC defensive line, which youngster should we keep our eyes on in the coming years?
Kecly Quarles: I think a player that is really developing into a great play is Phillip Dukes. He is a true defensive tackle that is stout against the run and can play the pass also. I feel if he looses a little weight he is going to be a great player.
DraftSeason: Greatest offensive player you have had the chance to play against during your career?
Kecly Quarles: Denard Robinson from Michigan, was one of the hardest players to tackle due to his elusiveness and his speed. He reminded me of Ace Sanders.
DraftSeason: If you are an NFL GM, why do you select Kelcy Quarles this coming May?
Kecly Quarles: You select Kelcy because I am God fearing man that is going to play to the best of my ability. You will NEVER have to worry about me being a problem off the field. I am a team player that’s always willing to do anything for the team. I am going to put the work in to be the best player that I can be. I am going to out work anybody no matter who it is. Most of all I love the game and I am always open to learn anything there is to be learned.
DraftSeason: Using one word, sum up your style of play.
Kecly Quarles: Monster!