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South Carolina Loses 4-Star DE Jordan Smith After Coaching Change

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Lithonia High School (Lithonia, GA) weak-side defensive end Jordan Smith announced on Monday afternoon that he has decommitted from South Carolina, following the program’s decision to hire Will Muschamp as its next head coach.

“After talking it over with my family and coaches, I have decided to de-commit from South Carolina,” wrote Smith, via Twitter. “Losing Coach [Steve] Spurrier was tough, but losing Coach [Lorenzo] Ward is tougher. I have narrowed my decision to Tennessee and Florida.”

Smith (6-foot-6, 220 lbs.) is a four-star prospect and the No. 24-ranked player at his position for the recruiting class of 2016, according to 247Sports.

In two years as a starter for his high school varsity team, he recorded 175 tackles (142 solo and 44.0 for loss), 10.5 sacks, and one fumble recovery. He also added 11 receptions for 181 yards and three touchdowns his senior season.

Smith is clearly unhappy with South Carolina’s decision to replace Spurrier with Muschamp, and not retaining defensive coordinator Lorenzo Ward — who was his main contact during the recruiting process — was what pushed him over the edge.

Aside from South Carolina, Tennessee, and Florida, Smith holds offers from Alabama, Clemson, Florida State, Georgia, LSU, Miami (FL), Michigan State, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Ole Miss, Penn State, and many more. According to the 247Sports “crystal ball,” he is projected to commit to the Volunteers.

Muschamp will have his work cut out for him in his first few months on the recruiting trail. South Carolina is down to 14 hard commits just two months before National Signing Day, and its 2016 class ranks 55th nationally (13th in the SEC).

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