Tight end Kevin Crosby Jr. (6-2, 240) of Bamberg- Ehrhardt, rated as one of the top prospects in South Carolina for the 2014 class, announced a commitment to USC on Saturday afternoon at a news conference at the Savannah Creek Baptist Church in Ehrhardt.

Crosby picked the Gamecocks over Alabama and Clemson after narrowing his list from over 50 offers.

“It feels great. I’m part of Gamecock Nation and the Gamecock family,” Crosby said.

USC was his first offer in the ninth grade and, thus, had the early lead for Crosby. But at one point, that lead vanished.

“At first, I was kind of confused because I didn’t know if they were recruiting me as a tight end or a linebacker,” he said.

“My love is to play tight end. Coach (Steve) Spurrier came down here and talked to my parents and my coach, and he told them we definitely want Crosby to play tight end. After that, it just blew them over the top.”

But not by much, as Alabama made a strong push.

“It’s hard to say no to Alabama,” he said. “It’s Alabama, national champions. It’s Nick Saban. It’s hard to say no to those guys.

“But you’ve got to go with what’s best for you. I wouldn’t mind going there, but I felt like Carolina was my best fit.”

Last season, Crosby had 36 catches for 786 yards and 14 touchdowns. On defense, he had 68 tackles with eight sacks and three interceptions, two returned for touchdowns. He’s the fifth commitment for USC’s 2014 class and the fourth from the state.