South Carolina failed to land its top quarterback target for the 2014 class when Drew Barker of Hebron, Ky., picked Kentucky over the Gamecocks and Tennessee on Friday.
He made his announcement at his school in front of a few hundred friends, family and media.
“I feel the university I’m choosing is the best overall fit for me academically, athletically and socially,” Barker said.
Barker is the only quarterback USC quarterbacks coach GA Mangus has offered for the 2014 class.
“That was definitely one of the most difficult conversations I’ve had in my life,” Barker said of his phone call to Mangus. “I was that close to going to South Carolina. It was really tough because we have a great friendship. It was just really, really tough to do.”
Last season, Barker passed for 2,072 yards and 22 touchdowns while rushing for 1,455 yards and 18 touchdowns.
Longwood scored five runs in the bottom of the sixth to subdue Charleston Southern for an 8-2 victory in the Big South tournament in Rock Hill.
The Buccaneers (15-40) also lost to host Winthrop, 2-1, earlier in the day.
The College of Charleston suffered a 3-2 loss to Georgia Southern in 11 innings in Greensboro, N.C., ending the Cougars’ run to the Southern Conference championship.
The Cougars (37-20) strung three wins together to progress through the losers’ bracket, including a 3-2 win over the Eagles earlier in the day, but ultimately fell one game short of their third straight finals appearance.