South Carolina coach Will Muschamp added a huge piece to his 2017 recruiting class Tuesday when 4-star athlete/safety/linebacker Hamsah Nasirildeen offered up a verbal pledge to play for the Gamecocks.
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Chris Clark of GamecockCentral.com reported of the commitment on Tuesday. More from GamecockCentral.com:
“I think at the end of the day, he felt really, really comfortable with coach (Will) Muschamp and coach (Travaris Robinson),” Concord defensive coordinator Matt Jenkins told Gamecock Central. “He really felt like that they can help development him into a player that can potentially play at the next level. That they can help prepare him as a person. And the fact that it’s in the SEC and still relatively close to home. I think that proximity really played a part in his decision as well. I think he believes that Coach Muschamp can turn the program around. He’s got it going in the right direction and I think that’s something that’s intriguing to him and that he wants to be part of.”
Nasirildeen, a 6’3”, 210-pound athlete from Concord, North Carolina (Concord High School) is rated as a 4-star recruit according to 247Sports.com. The site ranks him as the No. 139 overall prospect in the 2017 class and the 12th-best outside linebacker in the country. 247Sports also regards Nasirildeen as the third-best football player in the state of North Carolina.
He chose South Carolina over strong interest from Alabama. Nasirildeen also owned offers from Charlotte, Clemson, East Cardinal, Florida, Florida State, Georgia, Georgia Southern, Maryland, Michigan, North Carolina State, Notre Dame, Ole Miss, Penn State, Temple, Tennessee, USC, Virginia Tech and West Virginia.
Nasirildeen is the 19th recruit to commit to Muschamp’s 2017 class. It is a class that 247Sports currently ranks as the 20th-best in the country and the ninth-best among SEC teams.