Quarterback Lorenzo Nunez of Kennesaw, Ga., committed to South Carolina late last week, choosing the Gamecocks over N.C. State and Ohio State.
Nunez said a major reason he went with USC is its head coach, Steve Spurrier.
"He is a great coach, a Heisman winner," Nunez said. "I think he can make me a better player and quarterback and teach me things I don't know."
Nunez also had Tennessee and Miami on his short list before paring it down to three.
"It was very difficult," he said. "The three schools were close to each other. I think I made the right decision."
Nunez said he won't come to Columbia thinking about being a backup.
"I'm ready to compete for a starting position." said Nunez, who is not graduating early so he will miss spring practice next year.
Last season, Nunez passed for 1,148 yards and five touchdowns and rushed for 786 yards and seven touchdowns. He is USC's eighth commitment for the 2015 class.
Clemson is in a strong position with two of the top tight ends in the Southeast, and the question is which might fall to the Tigers. Garrett Williams of Orlando, Fla., has Clemson in his final four and plans a decision before his spring game May 22. Jackson Harris of Columbia, Tenn., has a final five of Clemson, Alabama, Florida, Georgia and Vanderbilt. He plans to get to a final three in a few weeks and then make his decision from there.
In other recruiting news:
Running back Reggie Gallaspy of Greensboro, N.C., has recent offers from California, Vanderbilt, Syracuse, Louisville and Boston College. Clemson continues showing interest but has not offered. His top five is Duke, N.C. State, North Carolina, West Virginia and Virginia. Several other schools could enter the mix for Gallaspy. Florida, Michigan State and Arkansas are showing interest in him.
Highly recruited linebacker Ricky DeBerry Jr. of Richmond, Va., recently cut his list of over 60 offers down to 20. Clemson and USC are on his list. He has been to Clemson and plans to visit USC on Saturday. DeBerry has taken visits to Virginia, Virginia Tech and Ohio State in recent weeks. He also plans to visit Arizona State and Miami this summer.
USC continues to make a strong push for defensive back Carlton Davis of Miami, and the hard work by recruiter Grady Brown has pushed the Gamecocks into his top five.
"Coach Brown wants to get me up there because I would be one of the biggest corners (6-2, 182) in his corps if I were to sign with them," Davis said.
Joining USC in the Davis top five are LSU, Alabama, Miami and Florida. Davis said his favorite constantly changes among the five, but USC's early, strong interest is a bonus for them.
Coaches from Clemson and USC were by the school last week to check on offensive lineman Zach Giella of Augusta. And Clemson has been a big mover with him in recent weeks. LSU is still his favorite, but Clemson and Ole Miss share the No. 2 spot on his list.
Running back Ty'Son Williams of Crestwood has a top five of Clemson, USC, Notre Dame, Wisconsin and North Carolina. But that won't necessarily be the five he chooses from. "I can't say those are the final five because I could have later offers," Williams said.
Former USC commitment DE Arden Key of Lithonia, Ga., listed his current top 5 in order as Oregon, Miami, LSU, Mississippi and USC.