New South Carolina RB Tavien Feaster has been a big topic of discussion in Columbia this week after he came over as a graduate transfer from rival Clemson.

Many expect Feaster to get the bulk of the carries out of the Gamecocks’ backfield this fall, but he still has some work to do to earn the starting job.

On Tuesday, South Carolina RB coach Thomas Brown shared his first thoughts about Feaster, which can be seen in this YouTube video uploaded by South Carolina Gamecocks.

Brown’s immediate impression:

“He’s a very versatile player. I would say first (he brings) competition. I think we needed more guys in the room to compete that compete at a high level. He definitely did that, played a bunch of ball at another school. He’s a great receiver out of the backfield with great hands. We’ll see what he can do.”

On recruiting him and summer conversations:

“We just talked about the opportunity we had from a tailback standpoint. I remember the guy coming out of high school. I tried to recruit him when I first got to Athens and spent some time around him and his family. We had a little bit of history. We told him about an opportunity to put him in a good spot for his future, but also to help our team out.”

What has surprised him so far:

“His preparation is really impressive. Once he announced he was coming to us, I met with him two times individually before practice started, and he picked the offense up really fast. I love the way he goes about his business. … He runs really good routes and catches the ball out of the backfield well. That’s what’s been impressive also.”

Feaster will continue to draw a lot of attention as camp goes on. We’ll find out soon if he’s able to win the starting job.