Junior linebacker Sherrod Pittman (6-1, 215) of Jacksonville, Fla., became USC’s fourth commitment in three days Monday night when be announced for the Gamecocks over Florida.
Pittman’s decision follows that of defensive end Taylor Stallworth on Saturday, his First Coast High junior teammate Jerad Washington on Sunday and defensive lineman Abu Lamin on Monday.
“I love the coaching staff,” Pittman said when asked why he picked USC. “Shaq Wilson, (USC grad assistant linebacker coach) a former First Coast player, he’s a real good teacher, real great player and I could learn more from him like a mentor. Coach (Steve) Spurrier said I have a strong chance of playing over there, playing real early as a freshman. He’s really a great coach, hard-working and dedicated. He has a goal in life. He wants to get to the SEC championship and win a BCS championship.”
Pittman is considered one of the top linebackers in the 2015 class. Some of his other offers were Clemson, Auburn, LSU, Miami, Florida State, Georgia Tech and Central Florida. He’s USC’s sixth commitment for the 2015 class.
Wide receiver Washington (5-11, 165) was offered by the Gamecocks at their camp about a month ago, and he and his parents came in Friday for the Black Magic Camp to meet with Spurrier and Steve Spurrier Jr.
“I caught coach Spurrier Jr.’s eye and he took a chance on me,” said Washington, who compares himself to former Gamecocks star receiver Ace Sanders. “I try to play like him. Coach Spurrier (Jr.) said I run very good routes from the slot position.”
Washington, who runs the 40-yard dash in 4.3 seconds, played his freshman season for Nease High in St. Augustine. He caught 67 passes for 790 yards and five TDs.
Washington also plays baseball for First Coast High, where he is coached by former Florida quarterback and Spurrier disciple Shane Matthews.
Lamin, of Fort Scott JC (Kan.), became the Gamecocks’ 12th commitment for the 2014 class. The native of Fayetteville, N.C., chose USC over Florida, Arkansas, Nebraska and Alabama.
Lamin will enroll in January and will have three seasons of eligibility.
In other recruiting news:
Defensive lineman Dexter Wideman of Saluda, considered the state’s top defensive line prospect in the 2014 class, announced a commitment to Florida State last week. Wideman made his commitment a few days after camping at Florida State. USC and Florida were his other two favorites, and he has not closed the door on the Gamecocks. He attended their camp on Friday. Wideman also had offers from Clemson, Michigan, Mississippi and Alabama.
Defensive lineman Cory Thomas of McCalla, Ala., has a final four of Clemson, Mississippi State, Florida and Tennessee. He camped at Mississippi State earlier this month. He plans to announce on Friday.
Spring Valley LB Christian Miller committed to Alabama on Thursday. Miller once was committed to Florida but backed off that in May. He’s the son of former USC and NFL linebacker Corey Miller. Last season, he had 121 tackles and 14 sacks.
Offensive lineman Donell Stanley of Latta attended USC’s Black Magic Camp on Friday afternoon along with his mother, little brother and Latta assistant coach Chris German. Stanley attended an Alabama camp earlier this month and German said Friday night that USC and Alabama are Stanley’s top two right now. Clemson and North Carolina are the others on his short list.
Defensive end Rick Leonard of Middletown, Md., has his choice down to Clemson and Florida State and could make the call as early as this week.
“He’s dead in the center between Clemson and Florida State,” coach Kevin Lynott said. “That’s where he is right now. I think it’s 50-50.”
Leonard camped at Clemson in June. His teammate OL Justin Falcinelli committed to the Tigers earlier this month.
LB Raekwon McMillan of Hinesville, Ga., has Alabama and Ohio State as his top two right now, with Clemson, Georgia and Florida rounding out his top five.
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