MOBILE, Ala. – Amidst a crazy and shocking 24 hours that has seen legendary coach Steve Spurrier immediately retire and offensive line coach and co-offensive coordinator Shawn Elliott named the interim; the Gamecocks have actually received some good news on the recruiting trail.
You win some, you lose some; and that saying came to life this afternoon when 3-star strong-side defensive end Darius Whitfield announced his commitment to South Carolina on Twitter:
Officially A South Carolina Gamecock 👹👹✊💯🌟🌟, Cuzzo This For You 🙏🙏👼👼👼 pic.twitter.com/9zhC9QM0bL
— PrimeTime™ (@OnTop_of_2016) October 13, 2015
Whitfield is 6-foot-3, 265 pounds and is ranked as the No. 19 strong-side defensive end nationally, according to the industry generated 247Sports Composite. He committed to the Gamecocks despite some big-time offers, and did so not even 24 hours after Spurrier’s retirement was announced.
That says something about his interest in South Carolina the school and the program as a whole. Recruits are often-times told not to commit to a coach (we’ve seen why these past few days) and instead commit to a school that they could see themselves being at for four-to-five years. It’s somewhat like the old fan saying about cheering the name on the front of the jersey instead of the back; because the name(s) on the back can quickly change. The same thing can be said about college football coaches. hat’s been clearly evident these past few days with the firings of Randy Edsall, Steve Sarkisian and the retirement of Spurrier, so frankly it’s kind of refreshing to see a recruit commit for love of the school.
It’s good to see a recruit take some solid advise; and that’s a solid commitment if there ever is one—especially when you check out the other schools that Whitfield turned down with his commitment. He has offers from some of the biggest programs in the country, including LSU, Florida, Tennessee, Penn State, Ole Miss, Missouri, Miami, Minnesota, Florida State and Arkansas among others.
His commitment comes just a day after 4-star linebacker P.J. Blue decommitted from South Carolina, an announcement that came shortly after Spurrier’s retirement.
You win some, you lose some; and South Carolina undoubtedly got a much-needed win just now with the commitment of Whitfield.