Clemson and South Carolina each received recent football commitments.
Adam Choice of Thomasville, Ga., regarded as one of the top running backs in the Southeast, ended his recruiting on Wednesday with a commitment to Clemson, while late Tuesday South Carolina nabbed defensive end Shameik Blackshear of Bluffton, the state’s top prospect in the 2015 class.
Choice said Tuesday night Clemson had moved out as his favorite but was going to wait until a visit next week to possibly commit. But Wednesday, Choice decided there was no reason to wait. He had also been considering Auburn, Georgia Tech and Texas.
Choice attended Clemson’s spring game and started to get the feeling then that Clemson was right for him.
“I could really tell they are one big family,” Choice said. “The whole city is behind Clemson and their athletic program. And the more I looked into the school, the academics looked great.”
Choice played quarterback last season and rushed for 1,650 yards and 23 touchdowns. He’s Clemson’s seventh commitment for the 2014 class, third from Georgia and the third running back for the class.
Blackshear announced his pledge via Twitter. Blackshear had more than a dozen offers, including Clemson, Alabama, Florida and Southern Cal. He was visited recently by Gamecocks recruiter Everette Sands and then decided to make his pledge.
Bluffton coach Ken Cribb said the timing of Blackshear’s commitment surprised him but not the fact that he chose USC.
“He grew up a Gamecock fan,” said Cribb.
Last season, Blackshear had 97 tackles with 17 for loss and five sacks. And he’s just 15 years old.
“He has grown like a weed,” Cribb said. “He’s so athletic he could be a tight end. He could be a wide receiver. He has great speed and quickness and is very strong.”
Blackshear is the second 2015 commitment for the Gamecocks.